Terry purslane – a plant for a beautiful “lazy” garden
If you love groundcover flowering plants, plant a terry purslane. In a short time, its creeping stems will weave a real rug, decorated with bright spots-inflorescences. White or yellow, pink or red … They are immediately striking, despite the compact size of the plant itself. Why are these flowers so remarkable and why gardeners love them??
Description of the plant
Terry purslane refers to low-growing annuals that boast fast growth and abundant, colorful, flowering. It grows in the form of a short bush with a maximum height of 20 cm. Pinkish creeping shoots are decorated with fleshy leaves in the form of needles. Thanks to this, the twigs resemble young Christmas trees. The leaves are also juicy, light green in color..
In early summer, flowers begin to bloom one after another on the tops of the stems. Compared to the overall size of the bushes, they are quite large, up to 3 cm in diameter. The inflorescences consist of several tiers of wide petals and are a bit like miniature poppies with a yellow center. Their color can be very diverse, from delicate white to deep red or purple..
Purslane blooms only in sunny weather. On dark days, its buds are closed.
Terry purslane – features of cultivation
Flowers called purslane are not only very delicate and beautiful, but also quite unpretentious. One of the features of the plant is good seed germination. They can be sown directly into open ground, which makes cultivation easier if there is no space and opportunity to place seedlings. Of course, in this case, the flowering of the bushes will come later, but it will be just as abundant and gorgeous. But purslane grown from seedlings will delight with the first buds already at the beginning of this summer.
You can start planting as soon as the soil warms up and return frosts have passed. It is convenient to sow seeds directly into holes or prepared grooves. Although they sprout well and amicably, but for a relatively long time. Full-fledged young seedlings will appear about a month after sowing. During this time, the main task will be to prevent the weeds from drowning out the future purslane flower bed. Of course, you will also need to regularly water the beds, especially if the spring is poor in precipitation (rains).
It is not necessary to loosen the area where purslane is sown – you can easily damage delicate seedlings. It is enough to pull out the grown weeds by hand. And it is easy to distinguish a young purslane from other vegetation by its peculiar appearance – it looks like little Christmas trees.
For the rest, caring for a terry purslane is one of the most uncomplicated.
Herringbone bushes will not take a lot of attention and time, it is enough to simply fulfill the most important requirements, namely:
- Water the beds in a timely manner.
- Weed removing weeds.
But the purslane does not need feeding at all and can develop without additional fertilization of the beds. And one more pleasant bonus: next year, lush bushes will grow again on the site of previous plantings. Purslane reproduces well by self-sowing, but there is one caveat – new plants will no longer be terry. But they will remain all the same bright, charming and beautiful.