Tips to Grow Portulaca Plant
Portulaca is large showy double flower grown in warm weather. Portulaca flowers profusely bloom with colors and form a lovely ground carpet. Short fleshy stems bear cup shaped double flowers which open in full sunshine and closes by afternoon. Plants take up to 90 days to bloom and grow to height of 20 cm. Portulaca flowers are best suited for sunny spots, Edging, Hanging Baskets & Ground cover.
Sowing From Seed
Certain easy-to-grow plants do best when sown directly in the garden, because they have delicate root systems or taproots that make successful transplantation from containers difficult. Buy branded portulaca seeds.
Step 1 : Soil Preparation
Start by preparing the soil. Remove weeds, then loosen the soil with a spading fork, shovel upto 4 inch deep. Add a complete fertilizer ( Vermicompost , Cow Manure etc) and finally smoothen the soil with a rake. Moisten the bed thoroughly a few days before you intend to plant. At sowing time, the soil should be moist but not soggy or waterlogged.
Step 2 : Seed Sowing
Scatter pinches of seed as evenly as possible. Cover these seeds with thin layer of soil about 1/8th inch just to cover the seed. Then cover the pot/bed with a thin cloth sheet. Water the area with a fine spray over the cloth sheet using sprayer. Avoid giving water directly to seeds as it could displace the seeds. Keep the soil surface moist but not dripping wet until seeds sprout
In 7-10 days seeds should be germinated. After germination irrigate everyday till seedlings are 1-2 inches tall. Once germinated remove the cloth. Thin out the overcrowded seedlings until seedlings are 6 inches apart while they are still small; If you wait too long to thin, the plants will develop poorly, and you’ll have a harder time removing an individual plant without disturbing those around it.
Portulaca grows in normal sandy light soil easily. Soil should be well drained. Soil less medium like coco peat can be used as well.
Sun / Temperature
Portulaca is a summer season annual plant. Full sun and temperature ranging 25-30°C is ideal for good growth of portulaca.
Portulaca plants are heat and drought tolerant So regular watering is not needed. Light watering on alternate days will do.
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