Growing Double Mix Portulaca Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Portulaca grandiflora
- Other Names: Moss Rose, Mexican Rose, Vietnam Rose, Ten O’Clock
- Seed Type: Annual
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Portulaca is a hardy succulent and performs well when sown directly after the frost. For early blooms, start indoors 6 – 8 weeks earlier and transplant seedlings after the frost. Double Mix portulaca may reseed itself for next season in optimal conditions.
- Days to Maturity: 84 - 91 days
- Hardiness Zone: 2 - 11
- Planting Depth: ¼”
- Plant Spacing: 12”
- Growth Habit: 3 – 9” dwarfed succulent with 6 – 12” spread covered in 2” rose-like blooms
- Soil Preference: Average, medium moist, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Be sure to plant at southern end of the garden or in full sun, because this dwarfed variety can be easily cast in season-long shadow. Double Mix portulaca seeds are known to perform in poor soils and gardens prone to heat and drought. Avoid overwatering because plants will not perform well in wet and poorly-drained soil, making plants susceptible to crown rot, mold, and mildew.
- Color: Shades of salmon, fuchsia, canary, carmine, ivory, and peach
Portulaca grandiflora, also commonly known as Moss Rose, is a brightly blooming succulent native to Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Moss Rose quickly became a worldwide favorite and has earned its own name in several different countries including Gul Dopheri (“Afternoon Flower”) in Pakistan, Nau Bajiya (“Nine O'Clock Flower”) in India, Hoa Mười Giờ (“Ten O'Clock Flower”) in Vietnam, and Uru-alas Dose (“Twelve O'Clock Flower”) in the Philippines.