Fine, succulent leaves and vibrantly colored flowers make this tough little annual a favorite bedding plant for hot, full sun. Moss rose is a low-growing, spreading plant that originates from South America. When temperatures warm up, it bears glowing pink flowers that just stay open in the morning.
The bright green leaves of moss rose are fleshy, needle-like and supported by green, red or magenta stems. In the heat of the summer it produces many five-petaled flowers, each petal being thin with the appearance of crepe paper. Wild plants have magenta pink or white flowers, but cultivated forms can come in shades of red, salmon, pale pink or orange. They are naturally morning bloomers that close their petals by afternoon. Insects pollinate the flowers and capsules filled with lots of small, shiny black seeds follow.
Moss rose grows well in hot sun but should be provided afternoon sun in areas that are arid and scorching in summer. Average, perfectly drained soil is needed for good growth and flowering. Moss rose is drought tolerant once established but still performs best with regular food and water.
It makes a colorful addition to border edges, hanging baskets, rock gardens or containers.
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Genus - Portulaca
Species - Grandiflora
Variety - mix
Common name - Moss Rose
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,15 m
Spread - 0,15 - 0,20 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Poor, light and porous,well drained
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Mixed
Moss Rose seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For growing Mose Rose, an early, indoor start, translates into an earlier bloom.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 2mm of fine garden or seed starting soil.
Seeds germination period, requires one to two weeks. For indoor starts, try a seedling germination mat.
Do not set out seedlings until after the last frost date your area. Plants are susceptible to frost. Ideal plant spacing is ten inches apart.
Established plants can also be propagated by cuttings.
Days to Germination: 10-15
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