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Growing Portulaca

Growing Portulaca

Happy Hour Hybrid


This flowering annual thrives in hot, dry, sunny areas. Mounding forms are ideal ground covers and in containers and garden beds. Trailing types make good hanging basket, window box, and mixed container plants. Sow outdoors after all spring frost danger has passed or start seed indoors 9 to 11 weeks earlier. Varieties available as multi-seeded pellets are easy to handle and sow. Do not cover seed. 


Low-maintenance plants for any sunny spot with well-drained soil. Tolerates some shade in hot climates. Good in rock gardens or combined with other heat-loving, drought-tolerant plants. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other good drought-tolerant flowering annuals include Mixed Zahara Zinnia (08196), American Pie Mix Hybrid Vinca (08036), and Queen Mixed Cleome (05462).

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from occasional fertilization. Combines well with foliage plants including Silver Dust Dusty Miller (05646) and Fireworks Fountain Grass (11954).

Product Recommendations

Use Azaguard Insecticide/Repellent (50008) or Safer Insecticidal Soap (50424) if aphids are a problem.

Portulaca Facts

Easy-to-grow and generally trouble-free. Aphids sometimes attack plants, and stem rot can be a problem in soggy, poorly-drained soils. Plants have succulent leaves that store water, making them very drought-tolerant once established. Flowers close up on cloudy and rainy days. These tender plants are native to South America.

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