Portulaca is great if you need a plant that flowers where it's hot and dry. This annual's flowers - bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples and pinks - glow atop green, succulent leaves. Moss rose grows 4- to 8-inches tall and spreads up to 2 feet, making it a great groundcover.
Tips for planting your Portulaca plant:
1) Choose a site in your garden or lawn that gets lots of sun. Or you can plant them in a container on the sunny side of your porch or deck.
2) Loosen the soil up in your planting site to a depth of about 4 inches. Make sure to break up any large clods of dirt and remove any rocks or sticks. You can skip this step if you are planting a container and the soil will be loose when poured into the container
3) Add any soil amendments you'll need to ensure that your planted area has good drainage. If your soil is the clay type, it is recommended that you add some peat moss or sand. Usually a good all purpose compost will help your soil greatly. Using a rake mix the soil back and forth to make sure everything is mixed well.
4) Now the fun begins! Dig a hole that is the sme depth as the container your Portulaca came in and twice the width
5) Carefully remove your Portulaca from the container and gently loosen the root ball with your fingers. Set the plant in the hole and backfill with the surrounding soil. Gently tamp lightly around the base of the plant with your hand to make sure the soil is packed well and secures the plant.
6) Water well, this first time
Portulaca, also known as Purslane, or more commonly Rose Moss or Moss Roses.
Tough plants for Tough places!
Portulaca is a ground hugging annual with succulent-leafed carpets glow with single or mini-rose doubel blooms that open only in the sunshine.
Because Portulaca blooms all summer long, they are prized by home gardeners and look great in containers, borders and any other spot where you would like to add color!
The Sundail variety blooms in soft-pastel like color shades. Portulaca normally grows an average of 6 inches high and will spread to about 14 inches across.
Tips for Growing Portulaca:
Portulaca is a succulent and thrives when it is hot and dry, so take care not to overwater once planted
Portulaca do not require fertilizer. In fact, too much fertilizer will result in more foliage and fewer blooms