How to Grow Purslane Mix

Overview

While some gardeners battle purslane as an invasive weed that encroaches growing areas, others embrace this edible plant and grow it to use as a flavorful addition to salads and other fresh entrees. Grow purslane mix in an area where the succulent foliage will receive abundant sunshine and warmth. Stay vigilant as you grow purslane to ensure that it does not self-sow so energetically that it interferes with other nearby plants.

Step 1

Prepare a sunny growing area in the spring when all threat of frost passes. Cultivate the soil to a depth of 3 or 4 inches and add 1 inch of compost over the top of the soil. Work the compost in well with a spade. Smooth the soil surface with a rake.

Step 2

Saturate the soil with spray from a garden hose before planting the purslane seeds.

Step 3

Place the purslane seeds on top of the soil, spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart. Do not cover the seeds with soil.

Step 4

Thin the seedlings when they are approximately 3 inches high so the strongest seedlings remain about 5 inches apart in the growing area. Cut the weaker seedlings off at soil level with scissors.

Step 5

Keep purslane evenly moist throughout the growing season, adding enough water to keep the soil from drying out.

Step 6

Harvest purslane when the leaves grow at least 1 inch in length. Clip the leaves from the plant with scissors to allow the plant to continue to grow.

Step 7

Control the spread of purslane by cutting the plants down before the flowers scatter seeds on the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Garden hose (with spray attachment)
  • Purslane seeds
  • Scissors

References

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Facts on Edible Wild Greens in Maine
  • Home Remedies: Purslane - A Therapeutic Herb
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.