Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Sep 21, 2008, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
These little gems are a gardener's dream. I've grown these in past years and they have never let me down. They're cheap to buy, easy to get established, have low water needs, and give a profusion of colour. Mine happily bloomed from early summer until the first frost. I got a pleasant surprise the next year when I discovered they had self-seeded, and gave me a bunch of new flowering plants!
On Nov 19, 2007, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
These bloomed continuously this summer in a container on the deck railing where they rec'd quite a bit of intense sun. They add a nice pop of color and are very undemanding; I look forward to planting them again next year.
Oddly, just this past week a squirrel ate every single bud right off, even though they hadn't bothered them all summer. Who can get inside the mind of a squirrel?! ;)
On Sep 8, 2005, aj_greenthumb from London, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
These sundial portulacas are brilliant in colour, they love my area of London Ont. Zone 5a. From one plant they thrive into 6 inch high and 20 inch wide plants.. check out the 3 colours i grew this summer (2005)
On Jun 7, 2005, twiggybuds from Moss Point, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:
These wonderfull little plants are perfect for hanging baskets, containers or a sunny bed. They are so bright and cheerful that they grab attention. They will tolerate poor dry soil but appreciate better conditions. The only fault is they want to close by 2pm but they are otherwise so special that they can be forgiven.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Saint Florian, Alabama Mesa, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Arbuckle, California Laguna West-lakeside, California Brandon, Florida Fort Walton Beach, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Pace, Florida Warm Mineral Springs, Florida Fayetteville, Georgia Athens, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Rushville, Indiana Spencer, Indiana Dunmor, Kentucky Mount Washington, Kentucky Big Point, Mississippi Springfield, Missouri Port Dickinson, New York Ronkonkoma, New York Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Baker City, Oregon Baileyton, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Crossville, Tennessee Cameron Park, Texas Camp Wood, Texas Dodd City, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) White Settlement, Texas Wixon Valley, Texas Vineyard, Utah Lake Monticello, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Ellsworth, Wisconsin