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Tips for care - Moss Rose (Portulaca Grandiflora)

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Tips for care - Moss Rose (Portulaca Grandiflora)

Portulaca grandiflora, commonly called moss rose, grows to become very colorful. It is a low growing flowering ground cover that is sure to please. The plant is native to Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. Unsurprisingly, portulacas are drought and heat tolerant. Moss rose is related to the invasive annual weed purslane, although the cultivated version does not spread as readily. Moss rose plants grow well in rocky, sandy soil that drains quickly. The plant spreads fast, covering up to 12 inches of bed and extending to about 6 inches tall. When adding plants to the garden, give moss rose the room it needs to reach its full spread and avoid planting tall plants nearby that may shade it. Moss rose spaces by self-seeding, so growing in a site where you want it to return each year is the best choice. In mild, frost-free climates, it sometimes becomes invasive and shouldn’t be planted. Although highly drought-tolerant, you will be rewarded with more flowers and lusher foliage if you water moss rose regularly.

It is an easy to grow and perennial plant, flowers color including shades of rose, yellow, white, orange, red, purple, and pink. Flowers bloom in early summer. It can be grown as a ground cover, along walkways, around the house or garage, in rock gardens, and on hillsides; they spread quickly; its seed is edible, either raw or cooked. Seeds can be ground up and put into recipes, soup, and sauces. Aphids, gnats, and other insects can pose a problem. Snails and slugs can also be a problem; fungus disease can occur. Treat with insecticide or repellents as required.

Tips for care

  1. Potting- 1/3 cocopeat, 1/3 vermicompost or cow dung compost, 1/3 garden soil. Take a normal-sized pot with some drainage holes at the bottom and cover the holes with the help of gravel or small stones. Fill the pot with the potting mix, then moisten the soil without getting it too wet. Make an even layered surface. Gently sprinkle the seeds over the potting mix surface. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of the same potting mix. Make sure not to bury them deep; water thoroughly with the help of a gentle shower. Seeds need lights to germinate, so keep the pot in partial sunlight for 6 to 7 days; if the soil dries out, spray with fine mist do not overwater. Delicate seedlings start to germinate, do not water from the top or with the help of the shower as it will harm the tender seedlings. After 12 days, at this stage, place the pot in direct sunlight.

  2. Re-potting mix: Take a pot with drainage holes at the bottom and cover them with gravel or small stones. Fill it with a potting mix of 50 percent 20 percent fine sand, 30 percent organic compost. Gently take out some seedlings from the pot. Make sure not to break their delicate roots, make 2 inch deep holes in the potting mix, keep a four or 5-inch gap between two seedlings for better growth. Place the seedlings in the holes and make sure that the roots are fully immersed in the potting mix; gently tap the soil around the stem to firm the seedlings.

  3. Watering Requirement - as a succulent plant, it does not require water regularly; water only when the top layer of soil feels dry to touch or add organic compost after every 15 to 18 days for healthy and more flowers. Overhead watering, which wets the foliage, damages the flowers, or causes them to drop prematurely. Water near the base of the plants so the flowers and leaves stay dry.

  4. Light Requirement – keep the pot in direct sunlight as they need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight to reach their potential; in partial sunlight or the shade, the plant will not thrive, and buds will not convert into flowers.

  5. Propagation – As cutting is the fastest method to propagate portulaca, you should use a fast-draining rooting medium with 50% garden soil, 20% find sand or perlite, 30% organic compost, and do not forget to mix 1tbs. Spoon fungicide powder in the potting mix as it will prevent the cutting from rotting.

  6. Fertilization – Use liquid fertilizer once a week with a balanced ratio of 20-20-20.

  7. General Tips: Pinch or remove the top part of the stems to encourage new multiple stems or bushy growth. Spray anti-fungal water on the soil to avoid fungal attacks and prevent plants from bending down. Mix anti-fungal powder with seed before sowing.

Common name(s):grandiflora or moss rose 

Flower colors: shades of rose, yellow, white, orange, red, purple, and pink

Bloom time: Portulacas do bloom all season. They peep out in July month most of the time.

Max reachable height: more than 6 inches

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