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Purslane Hot Shots™

Purslane Hot Shots™

Crop Culture Report:  Purslane Hot Shots™

Recommended Containers:  Pots and Hanging Baskets, combination planters.

Consumer Uses:  Tolerates hot, dry landscape conditions.  Hanging Baskets and mixed containers.

Crop Planning from cell pack:

Pot Size  Plants per pot (pp)  Finish Time (weeks)

4” pot (10 cm)  1 pp  6

6 to 8” pots (15 to 20 cm)  3 pp  6 to 8

10” pot (25 cm)  4 to 5 pp  8 to 10

Temperature Requirement:  Day – 70° to 90°F (21° to 31°C)

Night – 65° to 70°F (18 to 21°C)

Media and pH Requirements:  Use a sterile well-drained soil mix with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.  Water thoroughly and allow soil to dry out completely between watering.

Fertilizer requirements:   Constant feed at 100 to 200 ppm N

Pinching requirements:   Pinching will encourage branching, pots can be sheared back to shape and fill.

Growth Regulators:   Trials show that FlorelÒ is effective in chemically pinching and promoting lateral branch development.  Trial rate of 500 ppmwas effective.

Disease and insect pests:

Aphids and Thrip- Thrip are large problem destroying flowers and damaging foliage.  Preventative sprays to control Thrip are suggested.

Pythium- Avoid excessive soil moisture on continuous basis.  Over wet soils may cause root rot diseases during dark, cool conditions.  Allow soil to dry between irrigations.

Comments:  High light, longer day lengths and warm temperatures are necessary for large, well-branched plants.  Purslane will tolerate hot, dry growing conditions making them perfect for regions with limited water resources.