How to Propagate Yubi Flowers


The yubi flower, also known as moss rose, is a semi-succulent annual that produces rose-like flowers that are 1 inch in size. The plant is multi-branched and reaches a height of 6 inches. The yubi flower is used as a ground cover planting, or grown in containers and hanging baskets. Propagation is easily done by collecting seeds and sowing them either indoors in late winter or directly in the garden bed anytime in warm climates. The yubi flower plant will self-seed in warm climates when the pods are not removed.

Step 1

Collect yubi flower seeds when the pods become ripe. The plant will produce many tiny black seeds with every flowering. Store the seeds in a paper envelope placed in a dry location until you are ready to plant them.

Step 2

Purchase sterile seed-starting soil or create your own by mixing equal parts of peat moss, coarse sand and perlite. Lightly moisten the soil so it is damp but not wet.

Step 3

Fill a seed starting tray with the damp seed starting soil. Mix the seeds with sand as the seeds are very small in size and hard to see.

Step 4

Sprinkle the seeds on top of the seed-starting soil and cover with 1/8-inch soil. Cover the tray with a clear plastic cover or plastic bag to keep the humidity high in the germination area.

Step 5

Place the seed-starting tray in a warm location with indirect sunlight for germination. The top of a refrigerator is a good location if light is present. The seeds will germinate in approximately one to two weeks.

Step 6

Monitor the germination process to make sure the soil does not dry out. Lightly mist the soil with water if needed.

Step 7

Harden the plants by gradually introducing them to outdoor conditions once there is no longer a danger of frost. Plant the seedlings directly in an outdoor garden bed once the roots are established at a space of 10 inches apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Yubi flower seeds
  • Sterile seed starting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Perlite
  • Water
  • Seed starting tray
  • Sand
  • Plastic cover
  • Water mister


  • FloriData: Portulaca grandiflora
  • University of Arkansas: Moss Rose
  • North Carolina State University: Starting Plants from Seeds
Keywords: propagating yubi flower, propagating moss rose, yubi flower seed starting

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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.