Portulaca oleracea - Purslane.

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Portulaca oleracea is an annual succulent plant of the Portulacaceae family, known for its medicinal properties and as an edible plant.

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Portulaca oleracea - Viveros Gonzalez Fact Sheet

Botanical Description: Portulaca oleracea, commonly known as purslane, is a succulent annual plant hailing from the family Portulacaceae. It features fleshy, vibrant green leaves and stems that are edible with a slightly lemony and salty flavor, reminiscent of spinach. The plant has a sprawling growth habit and can reach 4 to 6 inches in height. During late spring and summer, it exhibits yellow flowers that open in full sunlight.

Essential Care - Watering and Nutrition: Purslane is drought-tolerant and thrives in well-draining soil under full sun exposure. This resilient plant requires minimal watering and should only be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. Overwatering can be detrimental, so ensure proper drainage. Fertilization is not typically necessary, but a balanced, slow-release fertilizer can be used sparingly in the growing season to boost growth.

Climate Adaptability: Purslane is well-adapted to hot, arid environments and can withstand high temperatures. It is less cold-hardy, often treated as a warm-season crop. In temperate climates, it's best grown in the warmth of late spring to early fall.

Protection Against Pests: While purslane is relatively pest-resistant, watch for common garden pests like aphids or snails. Manual removal of pests or the use of natural repellents usually suffices. Due to its succulent nature, ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

Propagation: Purslane propagates readily by seed or stem cuttings. The plant often reseeds itself. If more controlled propagation is desired, cuttings can be taken and rooted in soil to establish new plants.

Culinary Uses: Purslane can be a nutritious addition to salads, soups, and stews. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, making it a healthy choice for the kitchen garden.

Note: Always ensure that plants are identified correctly before consumption, as there are similar-looking inedible or toxic species.

By adding Portulaca oleracea to your offerings at Viveros Gonzalez, customers can enjoy this easy-to-grow, nutritious, and flavorful plant that's as beneficial in the garden as it is in the kitchen.

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Data sheet

Name
Portulaca oleracea - Purslane
Origen
India
Height
Up to 40 cm
Colour
Green and grey leaves, yellow, red o white flowers
Flowering
Spring, summer and autumn
Location
Sun or semishade
Irrigation
Moderated
Applications
Pot
Sales format
Pot of 11cms of diameter
Others
it does not resist cold
Note
Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.

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