Where does succulent come from?
The original ‘Wildfire Mixed’ series was released in the US in 1982-83 by the Pan American Seed company. The original ‘Wildfire’ series was apparently never patented, so other people actively “extended” the series. The new generations of purslane cultivars are essentially the same as the original series, but some have greater flower abundance, larger flowers, and/or improved colour tones, while others are said to be longer lived.
What succulent looks like?
Portulaca umbraticola cv. Wildfire Mixed is a horticultural selection with yellow, white, pink, purple, orange,peachy-pink, coral, apricot and bicoloured large flowers. They grow into low, moderately spreading plants that bloom only when the sun is out, not on dark days or at dawn or dusk. This cultivar of is a common summer garden plants that is sold throughout the world. The original plants used to produce the ‘Wildfire’ cultivars may have involved a smaller-flowered P. umbraticola subspecies that occurs naturally in the southeastern United States.
How to grow succulent?
Portulaca umbraticola is grown in tropical and temperate climates as an ornamental plant for annual bedding or as a container plant. It requires ample sunlight and well-drained soils. It requires almost no attention and spreads itself very easily. Although it survives difficult conditions, plants will produce more lush growth and flowers when provided sufficient moisture and rich soils.
It grows well in poor, sandy or gravelly soils. The soil must be very well-drained. It will also thrive in well-drained containers with a mulch of pebbles or sand. Needs full sun to flower.
How to take care succulent?
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids. Stem or root rots can be a problem in wet soils.
Toward the end of the summer purslane can wear out, exhausted from flowering and setting seeds. Pinch out branch tips if you want bushier plants.
Sow seed directly in the garden after last frost date, or start indoors 6-8 weeks earlier. Set out seedlings and purchased plants at last frost date. Plants may self-seed. Seeds are as tiny , so mix them with sand before sowing to make them easier to scatter. Seeds germination period, requires one to two weeks. In warm climates, it may self-seed. Established plants can also be propagated by cuttings.