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Rose / Portulaca
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Rose / Portulaca

Latin Name:

PORTULACA

Plant Type:

Annual

Description:

Annuals and perennials, usually with rambling stems and fleshy small leaves. Flowers at the stem tips are double or single in a range of colors and sizes.

Origin:

Brazil

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed only twice a year, once in April and once in July with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to aphids and spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Stem cuttings and seeds in the spring. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Good drainage is a necessity. An ideal plant for a hanging basket.

Is Genus:

Yes

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