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bensmom98 blog photos
Joined: 7/26/2006
Location: Lake Champlain Valley
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Posted: Jul/27/2006 12:02 PM PST

Can I cut back portulaca (moss rose) without sacraficing bloom? It is getting very leggy.
myscrewsbeloose
Joined: 7/23/2002
Location: Vancouver, Washington
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Posted: Jul/28/2006 10:54 AM PST

I never cut mine back so I don't know. I used to dead head them to encourage more blooms. If you have more then one plant you can experiment and see what happens.
Mainegal
Joined: 3/30/2002
Location: Southern Maine Zone4/5
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Posted: Jul/28/2006 2:13 PM PST

i'm growing some of the first time, mine are not leggy yet
i know mamabearbsa grows them as i think she is the one that sent me the seeds, maybe she will stop by and give us some advice
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Location: Altoona, Iowa (near Des Moines)
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Posted: Jul/28/2006 4:42 PM PST

You can trim them back and make them bushier but you will loose a few blooms but only for a short period of time. The thing is, leaving them leggy will slowy reduce blooming too. So I would trim myself.
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Posted: Jul/28/2006 5:55 PM PST

Thanks MamaBear!!
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Posted: Aug/21/2006 12:26 PM PST

lol My radishes in a long planter didn't do so well this year, but when they started to die back I noticed little new plants coming up. Portulaca! So I'm happy. But it's pretty cool because I haven't grown any in several years. They must have been dormant seeds in that old soil. I stuck them in the ground for now.
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Joined: 5/30/2006
Location: Central Louisiana
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Posted: Aug/08/2007 6:53 PM PST

Ron, I love that yellow flower, very pretty.

I also trim my portulaca plants at least once during the summer. It keeps them nice and full and they seem to bloom better. The flowers in this picture were trimmed awhile back and they are giving a good show again.

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Joined: 7/22/2007
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Posted: Aug/23/2007 12:17 PM PST

My Father In Law loves Moss Roses and he is a big coffee drinker. When I saw this ceramic mug planter I just had to get it.

On the day he came by they had just started to bloom. They turned out to be a really pretty peachy coral shade and they matched the mug. Now if I had tried to match them up it would have never happened, lol.

Needless to say he got a real big kick out of.

Tam

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bensmom98 blog photos
Joined: 7/26/2006
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Posted: Aug/24/2007 1:27 PM PST

That's cute! I love the color of the flowers. My mix doesn't include peach.
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Posted: Aug/24/2007 5:28 PM PST

Oh, I saw big cups like that at Walmart, but I didn't get one! That's really neat.
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