Portulaca flowers come with a beautiful mix of colors like pink, yellow, orange, deep lavender, cream, and white. They not only attract butterflies but are eye-catchers standing around stones and garden paths. They are also known as Portulaca grandiflora/Sun rose or moss rose an annual plant. Growing them is easy, just got to follow few steps.
Step1: From seeds to Planting
Portulaca best grow in full sun. Buy Portulaca flower seeds India online From Trusted Company. Sow the seeds indoor early summer (6-8 weeks before) as they are warm weather plants but grows in partial shade too. You can use a seedling tray or directly sow the hybrid portulaca seeds in pots/land filled in with well-drained soil, compost and fertilizer. Just got to scatter the seeds of depth 1/4 and cover a layer of soil .Water the soil beds making it moist not wet helping it to germinate, expose them to full sunlight. Basically, they germinate in 60-65 degrees temperature.
Once the plant reaches 2-3 inches (approximately 10-15 days), if you have used seedling trays/small pots transplant them to land (garden)/huger containers/pots.
While transplanting make sure you don’t damage the plant. They best grow when you space them 6 inches apart as they spread. Flowers bloom in early summer, fall, late summer, and summer.
Step2: Choosing the pot/land and soil
When it comes to choosing pots they come in different shapes and size it’s up to you to choose but prefer quite huger one. It’s good a container with a drainage hole which prevents damaging the plant in case of over watering. Check our terracotta’s; you can even try out hanging once. Avoid using soil found near your place as they bloom with a rich potting mix. Check our potting mix which includes compost and fertilizer content. In case you want to plant it in land choose a place where the plant has sufficient space and sunlight to grow. Use a garden rake to rake the area 2-3 times with fertilizer and compost before you sow the seeds, moist the soil by watering not making it wet.
Step3: Watering and taking care
Regular watering every day during the growth leads to appealing flowers. Water the plant early in the day by keeping the soil beds moist not wet. Water in every dry condition avoids over watering.
Include a layer of compost and fertilizer as a potting mix every four weeks. Too rich soil, overwatering and excess fertilizer can lead to less flowering.
Collect any dead or faded once for seeds. Make sure the flowers and leaves are not wet as it causes fungal diseases. They are drought tolerant so better you avoid wet conditions.
Step4: Pests and Diseases
Common diseases are Botrytis, Root and stem rot, aphids. You can use Neem oil a natural remedy to control pests and diseases, just got to spray it twice a day after watering. Avoid over watering and excess fertilizing.
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