Portulaca

Common name: Sun plant or Moss Rose

Portulaca grandiflora is a half-hardy annual, thsat is drought tolerant which makes it well suited for borders, rock gardens, hanging baskets and containers,or as ground cover plants.

They are well suited to poorer quality soil and dry conditions providing they have a sunny aspect as indicated in its common name.

The plants grow about 100-200 mm (4"-8") high, and spread to around 500mm (18")

The saucer-shaped Yellow, orange, red, pink, white,or bicoloured flowers appear from June to September.

Water only when the plants show signs of wilting.

Do not overfeed as this will encourage leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

Portulacas are prolific self seeders.

Cultivation

Week 10: Sow seeds in pots/trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 18°C (65°F)

Week 14: Prick out seedlings in to cell trays or boxes, place in a frost free cold frame/greenhouse, and gradually harden off until planting out time.

Week 21: Plant out 150mm (6”) apart in full sun, when all fear of frost has passed.





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