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Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is an herb that is native to Asia, but has spread all across the world. It is commonly found in cleared areas. The purslane herb has red stems and fleshy, green leaves. The flowers are a bright yellow. Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. All in all, edible purslane is a very healthy plant to add to your diet.
PURSLANE PLANT CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
- Growing zones: Purslane grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10.
- Transplanting: Dig it up with a trowel, making sure to keep the roots and stems attached. Dig a new hole twice the size of the root ball. Place the uprooted plant in the hole, setting it no deeper than it was planted previously, and fill the hole back in with dirt. Keep in mind that unless you dug up the plant entirely, leaving nothingbehind, a new one will likely sprout up in its place.
- Light: Purslane needs full sun to grow best. That said, if you want to encourage flower production, plant in an area that is partially shaded from the heat of the day.
- Soil: These plants aren’t picky about soil, as you may have noticed, given the fact that they grow readily in sidewalk cracks and on the side of the road. For best results, plant in average quality soil that’s well-draining, with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5.
- Temperature: These plants also like it warm – the more heat, the better. If you have a hot spot next to a brick fence or cement wall where other specimens struggle, put your plants there. Purslane likes it best when the temperatures are above 70°F, and thrives even when it gets above 100°F.
- Watering: Purslane is a succulent plant, meaning that it thrives in soil that is dry but not parched. It is best to not overdo it with watering. This heat loving plant can easily die if watered too much. It is best to give this plant a drink when the top of the soil is dry to the touch one inch down. As long as the soil is well-draining, an average amount of moisture each time will do. Water at the base of the plant to avoid fungal issues.
- Maintenance: To keep it from taking over your garden, trim the plant back to 2 inches above the soil, or harvest it entirely before it flowers. Apply an inch of organic mulch, such as wood chips, in midsummer to keep it from spreading. You can also grow purslane in containers, where it can thrive quite happily since it doesn’t require daily waterings. This is the best way to reduce and help prevent the spread of this plant.
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