Portulaca (seeds)

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Portulaca (seeds)


If you live in a area of heat and drought, you will love growing Moss Rose. Also commonly called Portulaca, this tough, yet pretty little plant, needs little moisture to thrive and bloom. It grows well in mid-summer’s heat, too. Native to South America, Moss Rose, or Portulaca, is a hardy annual. It produces vividly colored blooms, in shades of rose, yellow, white, orange, red, purple and pink. Flower blooms begin to appear in early summer. Moss Rose grows just four to six inches tall. Place it in the front of your flower garden.  Try planting Moss Rose as border edging, in rock gardens, as bedding plants or ground cover. They also look good in containers and hanging pots. They’ll be forgiving when you forget to water them.

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Portulacas have soft, succulent stems and a trailing habit, with brilliant 1 to 2 in. wide flowers in bright, clear colours with, occasionally, tiny, contrasting-coloured centres. They open in the heat of the day and close at night or in cloudy conditions. The plants are good in hanging baskets and most colourful in massed plantings. Excel in drought, thrive in sandy soil, full sun. When everything else is perishing for lack of moisture, the portulaca will give its largest flowers and brightest colours!

  * Tolerates heat  * Tolerates drought

Uses: Beds and borders, Container, Ground cover

Annual. Indicative height: 6 in. Approx. 500 seeds


Days to Germinate: 5 to 21

Germination Temperature: 21 to 29 (°C)

Sowing Media / Soil Type: Well drained

Sowing Depth: Surface

Sowing Method: Direct sow, transplant recommended

Water: Moderately to sparingly depending upon the soil and climatic conditions – keep the soil moist but not very moist or wet

Sun: Prefers full sun

Notes: Pre-chill seeds for 2 weeks or alternate indoors between temperatures of 20 and 30 °C. Do not cover seeds or cover very lightly as light is beneficial for germination. Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Grow on under long days (11 hours or more) and full sun to induce flowering. Portulacas prefer warm, dry climates. Plant out 12-24 in. apart in full sun and a sandy, dry, well-drained soil. Water plants to establish them, otherwise grow on the dry side. Very tolerant of heat and drought and will readily self-sow around the garden. Small seeds.

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