If you are as much a succulent and flower lover as we are and our friends from bumpercroptimes.com, you should discover this plant! The one that, despite its great beauty, is little known and, even better, is easier to grow. Because, despite the appearance, how to take care of Portulak, almost as easy as growing another juicy one. But there is one warning: no other species of this huge botanical family we will not find such an impressive flowering.
Also called Silk Flower, the Portulaca is a perfect option for those looking for a fast-growing creeping plant. Moreover, its growth capacity is such (it is easy to sow, through the seeds that the plant will give us during the spring) that, in many places, it is considered a weed.
It is a curious consideration if we stop to look at its unique flowering that, far from being in a single color, presents a good number of colors that range from white too much more vivid tones such as yellow, orange or fuchsia (both in plants separately and in it, which sometimes combine different tones in their flowers). And if this were not enough, knowing that its flowers are long-lasting (more if we remove those that are already withered) will convince us to include it in the landscape of our house.
SUN, LITTLE IRRIGATION, AND SANDY SOIL: THE ASES TRIO OF THE CARE OF THE PORTULACA
Enjoying this flowering is simple if we take into account the little care it requires. Let us start from the base that they are more than simple and that, in short, they are very similar to those of any succulent plant. To start you have to think something fundamental: choose your planting location correctly.
Due to that creeping character that we mentioned before and at its height (it can reach between 15 and 30 centimeters), the Portulaca is perfect for rockery, flower pots and for planters on the terrace or balcony. But, beyond this aspect, the most important thing to get to enjoy this spectacular flowering is that the plant is exposed to full sun during the hot months (it is vital for its flowers to open, something that happens in summer) and sheltered from cold during winter (does not tolerate low temperatures).
Once the location of our plant is decided, we will guide ourselves to plant it for a common maximum of succulents: the type of soil. Since they are plants prone by nature to store water, we will always have to opt for a sandy soil (which we can get with a substrate for cacti and succulents ) that allows correct drainage and that prevents any waterlogging of the plant.
Precisely this excess water can be one of the great enemies of the Portulaca, so it is advisable to pay attention to its irrigation by guiding us through the humidity of the substrate in the summer months (we will never wait for it to be completely dry before watering) and maintaining a sporadic irrigation in the autumn and winter. Added during the flowering months, it is more than advisable to properly nourish the plant by adding to our usual irrigation a liquid flowering fertilizer.
And finally, a tip: keep our plant safe from the aphid. It is an uncomfortable visitor of the summer that is postulated as one of the five plagues par excellence of the summer and that feels authentic weakness for the flashiness of the Portulaca. In the event that we detect the presence of aphids or ants (aphid squads and one of the best indications that it is in our plant), we will have to stop it as soon as possible using an anti-pest because their voracity can compromise the development of e, Even the life of the plant.