A purslane very well closes the surface of the earth, if it is densely planted. Therefore, this creeping plant is used as a flower carpet, for closing inconspicuous unsightly areas in gardens, in gardens. Portulaca flowers have an interesting property. They are open only in the sunny time of the day. Not during the day, but precisely when the sun shines. In the evening and in cloudy weather, portulaca flowers fall asleep - close.
Purslane is an annual ornamental flowering plant.. In height reaches twenty centimeters. The leaves are fleshy, as are the stems. The flowers are bright: white, pink, yellow, red, orange. There are double flowers and non-double. Portulaca blooms from June to autumn.
Types of portulaca
The most common species are garden purslane and large-flowered purslane.
Garden purslanewidespread in the southern regions. The stem is reddish, branched from the base. In length reaches 30 cm. The leaves are fleshy, dull, wedge-shaped, oblong, obovate, scapula. The flowers are collected in two or three, usually yellow, small. Used in cooking.
Portulac grandiflora. The length reaches almost the same size as the garden purslane. Its leaves are fleshy oblong and narrow. Flowers are large (up to five centimeters in diameter), solitary. It blooms from June until the onset of cold weather with white, red, pink, orange flowers. Used as a ground cover plant.
Grow a purslane in the garden or in the garden will not be any work. This is a very unpretentious plant is recommended for novice gardeners. It does not need to fertilize. Fertile soil harms him the opposite. Weeding, of course, is necessary, one cannot do without it. Otherwise, your carpet can become, without proper care, through time, a carpet of weeds. Portulaca are demanding only for illumination, because without sunlight they do not reveal their flowers. Still, of course, it is necessary to water the plants from time to time. Crop purslane usually does not require.
Portulac is a very light-loving plant. He is in the garden to take the most sunny places. The soil for the plant is best suited dry loamy-sandy. It is important to note that the leaves develop well on fertile soil, and this harms the budding. The flowering effect of such plants is reduced.
Reproduced purslane seeds. Usually, seeds are sown in April in special pick-boxes or greenhouse. Within a month and a half (at the beginning of June), seedlings are planted in open ground in the space reserved for them. You can also immediately sow the seeds directly into the ground. This should be done in May. The landing distance should be about thirty centimeters.
The only drawback of purslane can be considered the fact that it is still an annual plant. And every year it needs to be re-planted. But do not worry, it is not such a big minus compared with so many virtues of the plant. In the fall, as soon as the flowers fade away, the seeds ripen. They can be collected and planted next year.
Portulac pests and diseases
In many reference books and books on garden plants there is no information about portulac pests. They say only that this plant is very resistant to them, as well as to diseases.
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Use of purslane
In horticulture, purslank is used for planting in sunny, inconspicuous places, usually either slopes or rocky areas. Portulac well planted in beds with other plants. It forms a carpet and can serve as a backdrop for other colors.
A purslane is suitable not only for a garden plot, they can also decorate the facades of buildings, balconies and terraces.
It is possible to grow purslane as a houseplant, but not separately, but as part of various compositions.