Portulaca garden splendour double mix is a small annual flower planted for ornamental uses. It requires ample sunlight and well-drained soils and can spread itself adding a dose of colours to your garden.
Growing guide for Portulaca Garden Splendour Double Mix Seeds
Seeds germination period requires one to two weeks. Start them indoors four weeks before the last frost or sow them directly outdoors in warm weather.
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate. By adding a high nitrogen fertilizer, planting process can get a headstart.
Ideal plant spacing is ten inches apart.
Shear or pinch the plants if it produce black seeds, to promote more blooms.
Portulaca are low-maintenance plants that thrive on neglect. Most diseases are actually caused, in fact, by too much care. Portulaca, more often than not, gets affected by the following pests and diseases- Root Rots, White Rust, Aphids. These may cause the plant to leave behind a sticky substance called Honeydew and cause black sooty growth which is actually a fungus. Snails and slugs can also be a problem.
These plants prefer loose, sandy or loam soil with a pH that ranges between 5.6-7.5
These plants grow best in full sun.
Portulaca germinates best when soil temperatures are between 24 - 29°C [75 - 85°F]
The plants are moderately drought and heat tolerant. Water them every week or so during dry conditions. In the flower garden, watering is rarely required.
how to harvest
The seed pods called capsules, grow at the base of the flowers. When the capsules dry and turn brown, they can be harvested afterwards. The seed capsules are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, and they develop after the flowers are pollinated.
When the seed capsules ripen, they become dry, papery, and split open. Hold the seed capsule over a paper towel, squeeze it gently until it splits open, freeing the seeds. There are many tiny, blue-gray seeds present inside. These seeds should be separated from the seed capsules and dried before storing.
A refrigerator is the best place for storing these seeds, where they will remain fresh for sowing the following year. Put moss rose seeds in a sealed and airtight container. Don't place the container in direct light.