Growing Purslane Vegetable Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Portulaca oleracea
- Other Names: Duckweed, little hogweed, pursley
- Days to Maturity: 50 days
- Hardiness Zone: 5-10
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 8”
- Row Spacing: 1’
- Growth Habit: Sprawling
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-draining
- Temp Preference: 70℉
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Weevil, fungus
- Color: Green
- Flavor: Sour, salty
Purslane Growth Habits:
Sow directly into soil ¼” after the threat has passed. In about 50 days, Duckweed is ready for harvest. Leaves will be thick and fleshy, like succulent. This plant will sprawl across the soil, and it loves sunny and warm conditions. This is a popular green to grow in Mexico, and growers should look out for weevil and fungus when growing.
Various Uses for Purslane:
Little Hogweed is sour and salty and is a great addition to salads and soups. Cook Purslane like a tender green, like spinach. It can be sauted and put into a variety of dishes to add unique flavor and nutrition. In soups and other foods, it can act as a natural thickener. This is great for those participating in a paleo or grain-free diet.
Pursley is one of the most nutritionally-dense foods out there. It contains a large amount of Omega-3- 3 fatty acids which are typically found in things like salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids help lower triglyceride levels in the blood and are essential for brain development. It can sometimes be hard to find Omega-3 in plants, so Purslane is an excellent addition to the diet.
Purslane is a beneficial companion because it stablized ground moisture.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 6,800 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 27,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 108,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 544,000 Seeds