Annual portulaca returns?

molie(z6 CT)June 29, 2013

I wonder if something like this has this happened to anyone else

Last year I planted annual portulaca in a few places in the front of our long borders. Not many, I think just three six packs of annuals. Well, this year portulaca has popped up all over my gardens --- even in weird places where I did not plant it, like under roses or other shrubs and in the back of the border between emerging perennials. At first when I saw the tiny leaves, I didn't believe what I was seeing.

We live along the CT coast. I know it's often warmer here along the shoreline, but we've had such awful weather. Around Halloween there was that super storm, then a cold winter with deep snow cover, and finally a wet spring. I lost several shrubs and perennials due to these conditions and to the flooding of salt water with the storms. So does anyone have an idea why did the portulaca not only reseeded but spread?


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A local convenience store has had Portulaca planted in whiskey barrels, and the last couple of years it has come up in cracks in the pavement all around their parking area. In your case where the seeds moved a lot, they might have been blown around (my memory is that they are a bit fluffy) or carried by small mammals or insects for food supplies.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:34PM
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molie(z6 CT)

Thanks, Barb, that makes sense. Though I've never noticed the seeds, we certainly do get a lot of wind here along the river. I'll see what happens next year.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 7:47PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I planted portulaca years ago and it comes back here and there every year from the plants I let grow.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:55AM
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Portulaca seems to not mind salt since the store parking lot certainly gets enough of the local sand/salt mix in winter, so it may have had a bit of an advantage this year in your garden where other things didn't like the salt from the storm.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 8:12AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

I haven't planted any portulacas for several years and I don't recall them returning in the past, but I've planted several this year, so maybe they'll be back. I did have a Dracaena spike come back this year, quite a surprise. And my windmill palm survived and has already put out three new leaves this year. New England................go figure!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:54PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

My portulaca always reseeds, although I haven't planted any in YEARS and now there are just a handful of seedlings here and there.

I used to plant it out by the street, where it is full blazing sun next to the ashphalt, poor rocky soil and hot as a pistol, and it grew beautifully. I used to have to go rescue seedlings from the cracks in the street, lol.

I've got a bunch of seeds - I'll have to scatter some this fall or next spring and get another round going for next year. I love this little bloom!


    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:05PM
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Hearing how thus reseeds, I think I may plant done next year. I have an area by the road that could use a bit of color.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 9:57PM
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