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Aug 26, 2016 4:27 PM CST
I have searched the internet high and low and just can't seem to find anything to answer my question on this flower plant. Hoping someone can help me. I potted several beautiful portulaca plants here in south florida, they have been doing great for 1 year now, only lost one. I deadheaded the dried flowers and kept them cleaned up so they were constantly flowering. Now many of the stems have white fuzzy ends which appear to be there seeding process but I cannot find any info on what to do next and how to get these stems back to flowering again, I have been waiting to see what happens until I found instructions. I have attached a few pics that might help, normally, these pots would be filled with pink flowers hanging over the sides.

I did open some of the ends and dropped some of the seeds that has now sprouted as well, so soil and water appear to be fine. We get more sun in the winter and of course very humid summers. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated, I am very new at gardening but I learn quickly. These are part of our condo walkway and really add a beautiful accent to our outdoor space so I hope there is something I can do to help get them back to full flowering mode.

thanks so much,
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 26, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Once you stopped deadheading the spent flowers and cutting back the plants, they have gone ahead towards completing their life cycle.

I'd get busy and cut off all the seed heads (unless you want seeds?) and see if they come back into bloom. If not, it's maybe time to invest in some new plants. These are generally grown as annuals here in FL so you've done really well to keep them blooming for a whole year.

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
Aug 27, 2016 5:02 PM CST
By the way, seeds from portulaca will survive 40 yrs...or is that purslane.... if you pinch them back, they will return- only pinch a bit more than you did. And check next spring for new plants in the grass...

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