How to Propagate Purslane


Purslane is a fleshy, annual low-growing plant. Despite its reputation as a weed, purslane makes a nutritious addition to many dishes. The leaves have a lemony flavor and are high in Vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. Purslane spreads out quickly. Plant it as a living mulch and edible ground cover in your vegetable garden, or grow it in pots on a deck or porch.

Step 1

Sow purslane seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches apart in loose, rich garden soil. Plant seeds as soon as the last frost has passed. Pick an area that gets full sun.

Step 2

Water the seeds to a depth of 1 inch after planting. Keep the soil moist while the seeds are germinating and developing. Seeds will sprout in seven to 10 days.

Step 3

Thin the seedlings to 6 inches apart when they are 1 to 2 inches high. You can discard the thinned seedlings or transplant them into another area of your garden.

Step 4

Cut the flowers off before they go to seed. Purslane grows like a weed and can easily take over a garden if left to itself.

Step 5

Harvest the leaves and shoots after 60 days when they are still young and tender.

Things You'll Need

  • Purslane seeds
  • Garden spade
  • Water
  • Seed-starting tray (optional)
  • Seed-starting potting soil (optional)


  • University of New Hampshire: Purslane
  • Journal of the American College of Nutrition: Purslane
  • Local Harvest: Purslane
Keywords: edible purslane, edible green vegetables, omega 3 fatty acids

About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.