Portulaca Yates Dazzle Doubles – that was my very first packet of commercial seeds. I was about 8 then and treated the seeds like the crown jewels.
If I was the happiest kid on the block when the seeds germinated, I was certainly over the moon when they bloomed!
The portulaca is actually one of the easiest annuals to grow in a tropical garden. They don’t need to be fussed over. Just stick the stems into the ground and let nature take over. Before you know it, you’ve got to start restraining them.
We have tried numerous cultivars through the years and never tire of them. Garden centres sometimes surprise us with yet more varieties.
The portulaca’s vibrant tissue-thin blooms last for only a few hours, but it’s good to know that there’ll always be another colourful display the next morning.
Be dazzled – I still am.
Care and propagation: well drained soil; full sun; water moderately; propagate using cuttings (preferred) or seeds