Portulaca – Mojave® Red

Garden Height
4 - 8
8 - 10
12 - 16
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
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Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

Continuous Re-Bloom

Dead-Heading Not Necessary

Drought Tolerant

Heat Tolerant

Long Blooming

Salt Tolerant


Maintenance Notes

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.

Uses Notes

Use in pots, window boxes, baskets and as a ground cover.

Maintenance Category Moderate

Water Category Average

Bloom Time

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.

Grower Tips
-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.

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