Are they bedding plants? Do you dead head them to get more flowers?
I can't imagine dead-heading individual flowers; they are so small. But every couple of weeks, I do remove spent stems down to the new side-shoot. Save some seed for next year or let it self-sow before the end of the season. I'm hoping another poster will chime in and say they don't dead-head and their plants bloom happily all summer. Or do your own experiment and dead-head every other plant. Then you can reply to your own post with the answer.
Will portulaca live year round in warm climate? San Diego to be specific. I bought this beautiful plan not realizing it was an annual. Have never heard of a succulent dying every year!
You can cut back after blooming. After a dormancy, it should grow and bloom again.
Should I trim my portulaca plants?
This is a personal preference. I trim them when they start getting ratty-looking and to collect seed. Often you can tell where a new branch is emerging from an old stem. Don't cut this off. You can go for a quicker and more drastic cut if there is time for the plant to recover and rebloom before frost. Moss rose loves hot weather and direct sun. If you are in the northern hemisphere, the weakening sun and decreasing hours of daylight mean less vigorous growth in sun lovers. Where I live, frost is due in 3 weeks!
My plant are not doing well. I live in Southern California. It has been extremely hot. I water 2 to 3 times a week. They get full sun 90 percent of the day? I don't know a lot about these plants. Is their thinning out and not flowering at this time of year normal? Attached are a few pictures. Any insight would be appreciated. Thank you. Cheryl
These are pretty drought tolerant, and don't like to remain wet for long. I would also add dolomitic lime around the area, as it looks like your pH may be a bit off in your soil. Here is an article on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/portulaca/portulaca-plants.htm
Can you help with what is causing the damage on my portulaca plants? I've sprayed the plants with melathion, diazanon, I've also scattered snail & slug pellet amongst the plants. I've also set two rodent tramps in the area. I've attached pictures for your review. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
My guess is that a mammal has caused this damage, since rabbits and probably other mammals will eat this plant. Snails and slugs could also be the culprit, but if the slug pellets haven't worked, maybe that is less likely. Do check the area for slugs and snails and remove them by hand if you see them. Here is some advice for dealing with rabbits in the garden. There are also articles on mice, voles, and other mammalian pests on the website.
I have two hanging baskets of Porulacca, can I keep them in the basement or garage over the winter months. (Pennsylvania)?
Portulaca is an annual which means it flowers, produces seed and dies in one season. It is easy to collect portulaca seed and there is a good chance that you will have seed sprouting under your hanging basket's location. If you have a hybrid variety, you will lose some of the vibrant color you had this year. I grew portulaca for several years by collecting seed. Each year I had more yellow flowers than the year before. It could be that yellow seeds are more vigorous or that the hybrid was reverting back to the original plant. If you have seed to collect, keep it in a dry, cool place. You can simply scatter the seed next spring where you want it to grow. Most tiny seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them, just lightly press so there is good contact between seed and soil.
Are portulaca plants deer resist?
No plant is safe from hungry deer but portulaca is listed as deer resistant.