How to grow Portulaca oleracea

Portulaca oleracea growing subshrub of the genus Portulaca also known as common purslane, Portulaca oleracea annual plant, grows in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 3-12.

Leaves edible fleshy in some cultivars are sour to tasteless, stems also edible and color is red or brown-green

Portulaca oleracea flower

Flower small the color yellow

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Requirements for Portulaca oleracea growing and care:

Nothing special

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Autumn / Winter

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
No need

Size of the plant?
5-50 cm, 2-20 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Flower small the color yellow

Pollination is done by:
Flies, bees

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
Autumn / winter / spring

How to harvest the leaves?
Can be cut with the stems, the plant very strong

Information about leaves:
Leaves fleshy oval shape in some cultivars are sour to tasteless

Uses of Portulaca oleracea leaves:
Salad, cooked

Scientific name:

Portulaca oleracea

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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Harvest season

Ornamental parts

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Watering plants

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