Portulaca Pilosa, also known as Shaggy Portulaca or Kiss-Me-Quick, is an annual succulent native to the Americas. This variety offers a mat-forming mounded habit of 6-8" tall. Small pink flowers with yellow stamens bloom from May through October. This plant flourishes in full sun with little water, tolerating sandy soil, drought, and heat. Profuse vibrant blooms are an excellent addition to hanging baskets, containers, or seasonal groundcover. This plant is self-seeding, especially in warm regions.
Portulaca Pilosa Selling Tips
Sell Portulaca Pilosa to customers looking for a low-maintenance annual for a container or seasonal groundcover. This product offers many benefits, including sand, drought and heat tolerance, and long-blooming pink flowers. Shaggy Portulaca flourishes in full sun with little more than rainwater and is a long-lasting annual. Bring contrast and texture to the landscape or a container by pairing this plant with Sempervivum, Sedum, Coreopsis, Bulbine, Geranium, and Aurinia.
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1. Space plants 10-12" apart in well-drained soil in full sun.
2. Water once a week or less in wet weather.
3. Trim back new growth in the spring to control the spread of this self-seeding Portulaca variety.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Portulaca Pilosa, plant one rooted liner per 4-inch container or three liners per 10-inch container. Use well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.2, EC of 1.2-1.5, average daily temperatures of 68-72, and light feed (100-150 ppm N). You may see aphids, thrips, and whiteflies. This plant isn't prone to disease, but botrytis and root rot can develop in overly wet conditions. You may use a fungicide drench after transplant. Use daminozide to control growth at finishing.
Pink flowers bloom from May through October.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base and foliage of each plant.
This plant doesn't require PGRs.
You may see aphids, thrips, mealy bugs, scales, spider mites, and whiteflies.
This plant isn't prone to disease, but botrytis and root rot can develop in overly wet conditions. Prevent rot by following these protocols in your greenhouse:
1. Water at the base of each plant in the morning and allow the soil to dry completely between waterings.
2. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse. We recommend using horizontal airflow fans.
3. Space containers so sunlight can penetrate to the soil level of each plant. Grow this plant in full sun.
Planting Portulaca Pilosa Liners
We recommend planting one rooted plug per 4-inch container. Use well-drained, sandy soil and completely bury the ellepot in the center of the container.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Portulaca Pilosa Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||5-6 Weeks|