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Anza, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2009
5:39 PM

Post #7179566

I know that I have overwatered this plant-the poor thing has bloomed like crazy, but at the same time it has lost most of it's leaves. If I totally ignore it until the soil is dry, will it recover, or would it be better to take a cutting and try to start over? And if I do, will I still have the pretty variation of so many different colored blooms?

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Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2009
4:23 AM

Post #7181462

Portulaca grandiflora are considered an annual, comments here say they can self seed too. Some comments mention not to over water, those succulent like leaves retain enough water to sustain them longer than many other plants.
I didn't read all the comments but perhaps you can trim them back and see if the fill out again. I usually pull annuals once they start looking to ratty and shake out whatever seeds they have.
Anza, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #7182175

Thanks for the link, I'll see if there is any hope of pulling this guy through the winter. I was hoping that if I kept it in the house I could have some color inside.

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