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How to Grow Moss Rose Plants


Annual, Portulaca

Moss Rose is a hardy annual flowering plant, well suited to hot, dry areas where other flowers wilt or refuse to grow.  Easy to grow, Moss Rose plants requires little care and attention. A small plant, they grow just 4 to 8 inches.  They are at home in rock gardens, or as borders and edgings. This spreading plant is also popular as a ground cover. We recommend you also try them in containers on your patio or deck, too.

Moss Rose produces brightly colored blooms including shades of red, rose, crimson, white, yellow and salmon. Flowers bloom in early to mid summer.

Other names: Portulaca

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Plant Propagation:

Moss Rose are grown from seeds. Sow Moss Rose seeds directly into your flower garden.

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How to Grow Moss Rose Plants:

Moss Rose plants prefer full sun. They do well in average to poor soils, and like dry conditions.

Cover seeds with 1/4" soil. Water thoroughly during planting. The seeds germinate easily, and sprout in 1- 2 weeks.

Thin or space your plants to at least 6" apart.

Fertilize lightly once or twice a season.

Keep soil fairly dry to dry. Chances are, you will not need to water these plants during dry periods.

Flowers will appear in early to mid summer. Deadhead flowers to promote new growth, and to maintain an attractive appearance.

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Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticides or fungicides only as needed.

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