Monday, 1 September 2014

Some like it hot...Portulaca!

Portulaca, or Moss Rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual.  Plants are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent stems and colours.  Portulacas love it hot and dry.  You can plant them in poor, even sandy, soil.  They also adapt to average garden conditions.  Just give them full sun and any well-drained soil.  Moss roses don't need much care.  Water them after planting and watch them go! They'll grow 4-8" high and spread 6-17".  You don't even have to deadhead.  If plants get scraggly, you can cut them back.  Don't fertilize too much; it will encourage plants to produce thick foliage but fewer flowers.

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