Chickweed is found in many areas of the UK and can be an issue due to germination throughout the growing season and the formation of a dense mat of weeds which spreads over the ground.
It is an annual weed, short but outward spreading and can be dense.
|Resistance risk||ALS TSR|
|Leaves||Oval and end in a small point. Chickweed produced small five-petalled white flowers.|
|Number of seeds produced per plant||2500 (8 seeds/flower)|
|Seed shed||May to October|
|Germination period||Throughout the year|
|Germination depth||3 - 4 cm|
|Seed longevity||2 - 5 years, but some >5 years|
|Factor promoting germination||Predominantly light, but some dark|
|Rate of seed decline with cultivations||48% per year|
|Soil type and geographic location||Very widespread across the UK. Favours fertile nitrogen-rich soils. It likes moisture, but not waterlogged soil. usually grows under and altitude of 200m, but can grow in altitudes up to 400m.|