Anyone Ever Grown Purslaine in Pots?
- omotosando Dec 6, 2009 08:09 PM
I understand that purslaine grows prolifically, but I am wondering if anyone has ever grown it in pots?
Also wondering if I can grow it year round in Southern California?
Purslane is a wild, edible weed that grows prolifically in many parts of the country. It tends to send out runner roots, which leads me to believe it would be happier in the ground as opposed to a pot.
It is also self-seeding, so if you plant it once, you will likely get successive crops from year to year.
My friend has a farm up north in Sonoma and she can harvest wild purslane from mid-Spring until maybe mid-Summer. It's not something I see around the Farmer's markets in the Fall or Winter or on Caliornia menus this time of year.
I've also seen it do well in Utah, but again in the Summer time.
Where did you find seeds?
Yes I have a 14 inch pot that I let it self seed in. It spills over the side and grows like crazy from spring to the fall when it dies back. It thrives on neglect, if I see it droopy I give it some water and it comes rite back. I grow the wild one some where I read that the other up right varietals do not taste as good. Have not tried them so I do not know for sure. I know Territorial seeds caries two types.
Territorial seeds has two kinds of purslane. Garden and golden. I just grow the wild stuff that popped up in my yard. I'm sure you can plant now and put the pot in a protected area by the house or fence. Or cover the pot with some fabric and make a little green house like thing. This is the link to Territorial page with the purslane.
There are so many microclimates in California that length of purslane season is going to vary a lot.
I'm in east Tennessee and purslane appears here in spring, moist soils, gentle winds and generally is gone when summer heat sets in.
If my instincts are correct, your defining variables will be soil moisture and air temperature/humidity.