Portulaca, also known as silk, is an annual ornamental plant ideal for ground cover in rock gardens, but also for planting in hanging pots on the balcony. Portulaca originates from Brazil and is characterized by creeping vegetation and fleshy oval leaves. The impressive flowering of purslane lasts from spring to autumn, with single or double flowers, monochrome, two-color and even three-color, in shades of yellow, pink, orange, red and white. Portulaca has no particular soil requirements, although it prefers fertile soils with good drainage.
Portulaca has a high resistance to lack of water, as its thick leaves have the ability to store water. However, it needs regular watering especially in the summer months to enhance its abundant flowering. Adding complete fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer period ensures abundant and long-lasting flowering. It thrives in the sun and needs plenty of sunlight to give its rich and long-lasting flowering. Portulaca also tolerates a semi-shaded environment, but its flowers do not open as well. Portulaca does not tolerate the cold of winter and strong winds, so we should ensure it a protected position from wind and frost.