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Tropicals – Portulaca

  • Portulaca

Botanical name: portulaca oleracea 

Average Size at Maturity: up to a foot in height and in width 

Hardy zone: zones 2 – 12

Bloom Time: spring and summer 

Flower Color: yellow, pink, white, orange, red, purple

Foliage Color: green. Red, purple

Growth Rate: can grow up to a foot in a single growing season 

Pruning needs: trim to maintain desired size or shape as needed 

Landscape Use: can be grown inside as an ornamental potted plant or in the ground as groundcover or to bring some color to your landscape 

Light Needs: at least 6 hours of sunlight a day

Special Feature: flowers open in response to sunlight 

Water Needs: drought tolerant but not resistant to waterlogging. Water only when the soil has completely dried from the last watering.
Fertilizing needs: use a water-soluble fertilizer that is balanced in nutrients once in the early spring and once in the late summer

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