The Q&A Archives: Growing portulaca

Question: Just bought 2 gorgeous portulaca plants at your Batavia store. Need info on sun and water requirements please.

Answer: Portulaca, or moss rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual. Plants are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent stems and vibrant, cup-shaped flowers. Flowers come in a wide range of colors.

Portulacas love it hot and dry. You can plant them in poor or sandy soil. They also adapt to average garden conditions. Just give them full sun and any well-drained soil.

Moss roses don?t need much care. Water them after planting and watch them go. They?ll grow 4 to 8 inches high and spread 6 to 18 inches. You don?t even have to deadhead. If plants get scraggly, you can cut them back. Don?t fertilize too much; it will encourage plants to produce thick foliage but fewer flowers. Most portulacas will self sow if you allow the last flowers to set seeds in late summer or early fall.

Enjoy your new plants.

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