Portulaca Grandiflora (Moss Rose)
$9.35 incl. GST
Earliest Delivery in 2 days
Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 35-40cm
- Moss rose plants are popular bedding plants sold in nurseries and home improvement stores in the spring.
- If you see any leftover annual plants on clearance in the summer, you might notice that the moss rose plants are usually just as lovely as they were in May, a testament to the plant’s toughness.
- The succulent leaves of the portulaca are another clue to the wonderful drought-tolerance of this low-growing annual flower.
- Many varieties have semi-double to fully double flowers that resemble miniature roses.
- Flowers come in hot colors, like yellow, orange, red, and bright pink.
- Portulacas demand well-drained soil.
- If your soil is mostly clay, you should grow your portulacas in containers rather than try to turn the clay into the sandy, rocky soil that these plants love.
- Soil Type: Sandy, well-drained; will tolerate moist to dry soil
- Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.0
- Feed portulacas with a slow-release fertilizer (for flowers) twice a year, or once every 6 months.
- Portulacas need six to eight hours of full sun to reach their potential.
- If you try to grow portulacas in a shady area, they will pout and close up their flowers.
- You will also notice the flowers close at night and on cloudy days.
- Portulacas are drought-tolerant, but they aren’t cacti.
- The plants will tolerate periods of dryness, and you probably won’t return home to withered specimens after vacation, but flowering is better with regular irrigation.
- Drip irrigation is best, as sprinklers can disfigure the delicate blooms.