Tips on how to care for rock purslane plant

 



The rock purslane plant is Native to Chile, the plant is a frost-tender perennial that produces masses of bright purple and pink, poppy-like blooms that attract butterflies and bees from spring until fall. The plant foliage is a beautiful shade of bluish-green. 

Actually the Rock purslane plants are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 and above. The rock purslane plant can withstand temps as low as 25 F. (-4 C.) and they tolerate drought like a champ. In cooler climates they can be planted as an annual. The rock purslane plant is a versatile spreading plant that works well in rock gardens and is also an ideal plant for xeriscaping. They are also deer resistant.

How to care for rock purslane plant

You can purchase the rock purslane plants at a garden center or nursery. On the other hand, you can plant the seeds directly in the garden after all possible danger of frost has passed in spring, or you can start them indoors 8 weeks ahead of time. Make sure you plant the rock purslane in full sunlight. The plant also appreciates a little afternoon shade. You can grow Rock purslane plant nearly in any type of soil, however it must be well drained. Gritty or sandy soil is very good. The rock purslane plant can be grown in containers filled with good quality potting mix. You can mix in a little coarse sand to improve drainage. You can spread a thin layer of mulch around the rock purslane plants after the ground thaws in spring. The plant actually requires very little irrigation. Just water them occasionally, most especially when the weather is hot and dry. You can also cut the rock purslane plants down to about six inches (15 cm.) in late fall. Actually the rock purslane plant is easy to propagate by planting small pieces of an established plant. This is really a good way to replace the old and overgrown plants.


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