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How to Grow and Care for Moss Rose Plants

Portulaca grandiflora

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringWhite flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantPurple flowering plantorange flowering plantA photograph is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
Nothing beats the non-stop showing of vibrant flower colors that the annual Moss Rose provides all summer long.
Moss Rose flowers can be either single or double ruffled blossoms in many colors and color combinations.
Moss Roses look their best on bright sunny days where you'll find their blooms fully opened up.

Growing Requirements for Moss Roses

The low maintenance Moss Roses enjoy full sun and are extremely heat and drought tolerant.
They should be planted 8-12 inches apart in sandy, well drained soil.
Water thoroughly until the plants are established, then you can cut back watering considerably.
Once established, feed monthly with a low nitrogen fertilizer
Each fast growing plant will reach a height of 6-8 inches and a 6-8 inch width.
Moss Rose is excellent for growing in containers and hanging baskets because of their cascading growth habit.

Growing Moss Roses from Seed

Plant Moss Rose seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warming.
Portulaca seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before your last frost.
Keep the temperature within the growing medium at 68°-86°
Germination will take place within 10-15 days.
Moss Roses
Portulaca grandiflora
Moss Roses Blooming in the Garden, Portulaca grandiflora Moss Rose Plants Growing in a Wooden Planter, Portulaca