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Feb 16 2012

Moss-Rose

Moss Rose

PORTULACA grandiflora

The brilliant little portulaca is remarkably undemanding. Just give it plenty of good hot sun, and it will reward you with a summerful of light blossomsof white, yellow, pink, rose, orange, or scarlet. Because it doesnt open untill it recieves full sun, it is sometimes whimsically called eleven-o'clock; and it is also known as moss rose because its double flowers resemble a rose. The flowers appear constantly and last only a day on this petite and endearing plant that seldom grows higher than 6 inches (15cm). Portulaca is as pretty in a hanging basket as it is in a pot or planter, so long as it gets the sunshine it loves. Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before the average frost-free date for your area. When transplanting outdoors, space 6 inches (15cm) apart.

Light: Full sun.

Temperature: 50° to 95°F (10° to 35°C). Can tolerate 35°F (2°C) without damage.

Water: Water thoroughly, then allow the potting mixture to almost dry out before watering again.

Humidity: Low (10% or more).

Fertilization: Apply every 1 to 2 months.

Propagation: Seeds (will germinate in 1 to 2 months).

Special Care: Avoid planting next to tall flowers, as they will shade plants and reduce flowering.

Common Problems: If plant wilts, water more often.

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