Portulcas in Hanging Baskets - ideal for hot sunny
spots and when you want bright "fun" colors.
Portulaca, or moss rose, is a popular drought-tolerant annual. Plants
are low-growing spreaders with thick succulent stems and vibrant,
cup-shaped flowers. Flowers come in a wide range of colors.
Pazazz is a relatively new series of portulaca from Israel.
You will never see a more shocking colorful display in any landscape
botanically speaking, the Pazazz series is known as Portulaca oleracea
and now boasts several flaming colors: Red Flare, Salmon Glow, Pink Glow
and Ultra Pink. They all glow, almost iridescently. They have stunned
better-known competition in flower trials.
Pazazz claims to stay open all day, even in cloudy weather, which has
not been the case with the other series in the market. Though the
flowers may not give a dawn-to-dusk performance, you will find them open
longer and on cloudy days.
Water conscious gardeners will love their tough durable nature. They
are not water hogs and have little to no disease pressures in
To maximize success, select healthy transplants and space them 6 to 8
inches apart in a bed with well-drained soil and full sunlight.
They do not like wet feet or water-logged soil. So if you have heavy
clay, improve your conditions by working in 3 to 4 inches of organic
matter. While tilling, incorporate about 2 pounds of a slow-release
fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed space.
Once you get the plants established, they are considered drought
tolerant. They will appreciate a little fertilizer every four to six
weeks through the growing season.
My favorite way to use portulaca is to mass-plant single colors. A
bed mass-planted near a street with a color like Pazazz Salmon Glow will
stop traffic. If you are fortunate to have access to rocks for your
garden, this plant is ideal.
But for a really long color display that is tough as nails, try New
Gold lantana planted in back with Pazazz Red Flare in front. Try
combining a complementary color like Pazazz Vivid Yellow with Purple
Heart for another easy, summer-long performing bed.
I am not exaggerating when I say long. The Pazazz hits its stride in
June and remains riveting into September. It's pretty nice to think that
while we are inside enjoying the comforts of central air, the landscape
The Pazzaz also offers a lot of opportunity for container use.
Hanging baskets or European-style containers will look sensational with
a mono-culture of a single color. On the other hand, you could not ask
for a better filler plant for those designer-style mixed containers.
We have a lot of summer left, and if you are staring at petunias that
have long ago passed their prime, then you are a candidate for some
really tough color to carry you through to pansy season. Portulacas like
the Pazazz series is just what you need.
Portulacas just love hot and dry spots so are ideal for hanging baskets
and planters. Just give them full sun and ensure their soils is
Portulacas or Moss roses really donít need much care, just regular
watering every other day or so, They grow 4 to 8 inches high and spread
6 to 18 inches - so we recommend either top planting a decorative
hanging basket or side-planting a moss lined basket is best.
Sideplanting your hanging basket will give you a lovely ball of color.
Another great feature of these plants in hanging baskets is that you
donít even have to deadhead. If your plants get scraggly or leggy, just
cut them back with some scissors or your pruners. Also donít fertilize
your baskets too much as this will encourage foliage not flowers.