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Moss Rose in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Portulaca grandiflora

 

Moss Rose

Portulaca is an easy to grow groundcover type of plant, with red stems, succulent cylindrical leaves, and saucer-shaped flowers with 5 petals, somewhat like wild rose flowers, in red, purple, orange, yellow, pink, and white, from mid Summer to mid Autumn. The plant thrives in hot, dry, desert-like conditions.

 
plant Features
  • Moss Rose likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Moss Rose likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Moss Rose is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Moss Rose likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Moss Rose

Latin name

Portulaca grandiflora

type

Succulent

family

Portulacaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Moss Rose likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Moss Rose is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Moss Rose likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Moss Rose likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Moss Rose is 0.15meters x 0.25meters 0.15 M 0.25 M

Portulaca grandiflora

Portulaca is an easy to grow groundcover type of plant, with red stems, succulent cylindrical leaves, and saucer-shaped flowers with 5 petals, somewhat like wild rose flowers, in red, purple, orange, yellow, pink, and white, from mid Summer to mid Autumn. The plant thrives in hot, dry, desert-like conditions.


Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Fill a seed tray with seed compost,water and allow to drain.Sprinkle seeds over the surface allowing roughly 25mm space between seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put tray in a clear polythene bag and place on a windowsill. When seedlings show remove plastic bag.When the second pair of leaves appear on the seedlings thin out to 50mm spacing by removing the weakest looking plants. After 2 or 3 weeks and when danger of frost has passed plants can then be planted outside into required position.

 

Planting

From Early Summer TO Early Summer

Plant Portulaca outdoors in early Summer in any well drained soil. They thrive in full sun and named strains will put on a bright display, even in poor summers.

 
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