Portulaca are low growing fleshy annuals with brilliant coloured flowers that open in sun and close in dull conditions. They are excellent for balconies, ground cover due to their short height and spreading habit. They make good hanging baskets too.
Pot Culture: Vinca can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5-6 seeds in an 8” pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 3-4 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 8-10 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2-3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 3-4 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 20 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. During rains ensure there is no water logging. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
The variety in this packet is of mixed Colours from Pink, Red, Yellow, Orange & White. The flowering starts from 55-60 days onwards. The plant attains a height of 20 cm.