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Portulacas (Portulaca grandiflora) are drought tolerant, hardy annuals that produce masses of double blooms in a range of vivid colours. They are easy to grow and quick to flower, perfect for a colourful boost to your garden.


How to grow portulacas in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun.
  2. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Sow seeds directly where they are to grow and lightly cover with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Firm down and water well.
  4. After sowing cover with a sheet of newspaper or cardboard to limit the light to the seeds.
  5. Water gently and keep moist through germination period. After germination remove newspaper or cardboard.
  6. Once seedlings are approximately 5 cm, mulch with organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.
  8. Once flower buds start to form feed with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

     
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How to grow portulacas in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot. Lightly cover with Yates Seed Raising Mix.
  4. After sowing cover with a sheet of newspaper or cardboard to limit the light to the seeds.
  5. Water gently and keep moist through germination period. After germination remove newspaper or cardboard.
  6. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.
  7. Once flower buds start to form feed with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

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Growing tips

  • Portulacas require light to germinate so ensure that the seeds are not sown too deeply.
  • Avoid overwatering plants once established.
  • Remove spent blooms to encourage further flowers.

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