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Portulaca, Color Carosel Mix

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Fantastic double blooms in gorgeous colors.

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Large, gorgeous double blooms in the richest fuchsia, most vibrant yellow and most saturated red imaginable, flower copiously all summer on trailing 4" plants.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-9 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-18 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

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  • Portulaca

    Portulaca
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Portulaca may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in seed starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
  • Choose a location in full sun with very well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly and cover with 1/8 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly with your hand, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Portulaca may be grown closely together and usually does not need to be thinned.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Portulaca is drought tolerant, but plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Portulaca is ideal for containers. Take care not to overcrowd them or the flowers may be significantly smaller than they should be and the plants may be taller. Always use a commercial potting mix, do not use garden soil, and make sure the containers have adequate drainage. Container grown plants will require extra water and fertilizer, look for signs of wilt or a nutrient deficiency.
  • Portulaca is perfect for rock gardens and for beds and borders in drought-prone areas. It grows nicely between paving stones.
  • The plants have a spreading habit, so they cascade gracefully from hanging baskets and window boxes.
  • They also make a great annual groundcover.
  • Portulaca often will self-sow. If you want it to do so, allow some seed to ripen on the plant at the end of the season.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
6-9 inches
Spread
14-18 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Growth Habit
Prostrate
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, Yellow
Portulaca, Color Carosel Mix is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! I bought 3 packets, an some how had all fucsia in one!! It is the most beautiful I have ever had! This is my first year at self starting and I will order more! (Of course I'm saving seeds from the fucsia!!) Thank you Burpee!!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from portulaca planted as directions said== was disappointed with their growth==needed by mature plants from green house
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I have planted portulaca before and always had good luck. I tried your seed this year and it just didn t work at all. The seeds were in the same area as before with the same soil, water, fertilizer and irrigation system in place, but no luck! Sad...
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Such high hopes, Love Portulaca (or moss rose as known growing up). Very few seeds germinated and did not survive. Hopefully when I move to the coast will have better luck.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continuous Summer Bloom and still going for Fall! Started early spring for early blooms. Transplanted very well. I found that the red blossoms seem the hardiest to move don't know why. They do very well in dry times also.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't realize it was pelleted Portulaca do great in extremely sunny dry places. But I purchased these without realizing they were pelleted. I've had non-pelleted ones before and didn't find them too difficult to sow. These pellets, strangely, seemed to germinate three seeds each, so I felt I actually had more of a spacing problem than if I'd sown bare seeds. They had excellent germination rate :P Well, Burpee also sells a non-pelleted portulaca so I'll get those this time.
Date published: 2015-08-15
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