We moved into a new home and ground is rocky and not conducive to grass.(fairly steep slop on one side) This is where I would like to try creeping jenny. I have planted some hostas and ferns there. But would like a ground cover to help with erosion. Would this work?
Creeping jenny is often recommended as a groundcover. It can be invasive, but I do not think it will choke out your hostas and ferns. Here are more ideas:
All the articles I've read tell you the minimum distance you can plant CJ, but they also say it spreads very quickly. So, I'd like to know the maximum you can plant them and still have it eventually cover the area. I have a 25 x 20 area I would like to fill in (500 sq ft). If a CJ plant only takes up four square feet, that would mean I would have to buy 125 plants. At $4/plant, that would be $500. Thanks so much for your time!
That will be the ideal spread. They will get around 18 to 20 inches in length, so planting within that will prevent empty spaces, or overcrowding. Plan for them to get between 15 and 18 inches long for the best results.
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How can I get rid of creeping jenny
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This covering has appeared on my flowering plot and on my path. When I lift it away it comes up as a patch. This weed is there in all seasons.
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to identify the plant in question.
What you describe sounds a bit like Creeping Jenny, but it would be hard to say without seeing it.
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I planted creeping jenny around my moss rock wall between the grass and the stones. It grows but turns brown rapidly after growth. I have pruned it back and in doing so, I saw alot of bugs, (Pill/ spiders/ ants and earwigs), I sprayed for the bugs in case they were any part of the problem. The water from the grass seems to drain well, but there are some spots where it is always wet in and around the creeping jenny.
It sounds like a drainage issue. Creeping Jenny will grow in full sun or shade but needs well-drained soil. You can try improving drainage by adding sand or compost and building up the area a bit so the water drains away. Here is more on its care requirements:
I planted creeping jenny, the goldilocks version, at my new house in Georgia Zone 7. I think I planted it 6-8 weeks ago and spaced it to fill in for ground cover. Now the leaves have developed brown edges. Any help is appreciated
I suspect one of two things. Both can be tested.
Overwatering can cause this. This is the primary cause for a new planting to fail. Make sure that the soil has a chance to dry out, thoroughly, down to 2 or 3 inches before watering, until established.
Another thing that I notice is that the soil is covered in Pine needles. I would test the pH of the soil to ensure that it is not too acidic. This needs to be within the range of 6.0 to 6.8.
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I have the creeping Jenny in outdoor urns. I want to plant it there again next year. How do I get it to come back - plant it in the ground and mulch it or put it indoors in containers?
Creeping Jenny is hardy to zone 3, so it should come back. Since it doesn't you could try one of these ideas;
You can wrap the containers in bubble wrap or burlap and mulch over the top after it dies back with the first freeze. (Remove the mulch in spring when it starts to come back.)
You can take cuttings and bring them inside for the winter.
If the urns aren't too large, you can move them to a protected area outside to help them overwinter, or move them to the garage. Water sparingly during the winter.