Portulaca – Mojave® Red
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Dead-Heading Not Necessary
The flowers of Portulaca will close at night and reopen the next day. They will tolerate dry soils, although they will perform optimally with average moisture. These are tough plants that will tolerant poor soils and do not need a lot of fertilizer to perform well. Deadheading is not needed.
Use in pots, window boxes, baskets and as a ground cover.
Maintenance Category Moderate
Water Category Average
Flower Form Container, Edging Plant, Groundcover, Landscape, Mass Planting
Soil Fertility Average Soil, Poor Soil
pH C - pH 6.0 - 6.5
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Dry to Moderate
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 50 - 60° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Spring to Summer Finish. Standard PPP.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 4-6
6" and Gallon Pot : 5-7
7-9" Pot : 7-9
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot : 10-12
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Pinching is not needed. PGRs are generally not necessary, but Sumagic is effective if needed. Florel should not be used because it causes yellowing of the foliage.
Pest and Disease Management
Watch for aphids and white flies. Good sanitation practices include keeping greenhouses clean at all times, eliminating weeds and debris, disinfecting equipment in greenhouses as often as possible and keeping hose ends off of the greenhouse floor. Good water management practices are critical for good, healthy plant growth.
-Grow on the dry side to help naturally control growth. -When holding at cool temperatures, be sure to maintain temperatures no lower than 50 F to avoid leaf drop. Some red coloration on leaf margins may appear with cool temperatures. -In addition to cool temperatiures, red leaf margins can indicate over fertilization or extremely high light.