9 o’clock flower plant is low growing beautiful plant, also popularly known as Portulaca and Moss Rose.
The best thing about portulaca is that one single plant brings out so much of diversity by showering different colored flowers.
It is quite easy to grow and care for it and that is what you are going to learn today through this post.
9 o’clock Flower – Plant Care & Growing Guide
9 O’clock Plant Care – Nine o’clock Flower Care
9 o’clock plant care includes, fast draining potting soil, watering it carefully when a good portion of the soil has dried & providing it adequate amount of sunlight.
|Sunlight||Medium Direct Sunlight (3-4 hours)|
|Potting Soil||Quick Draining|
|Watering||When the soil dries|
Let’s get into detail.
9 o’clock flower plant is a succulent & drought tolerant (can live without water for long time) that means it can hold water in its leaves and stems.
Often people water it according to other plants and end up overwatering it which leads to root rot and the plant dies.
So, the most important point of 9 o’clock plant care is only water it when the soil gets completely dry.
Do finger test before watering it, by inserting your finger inside the soil to check if its wet or dry. If it feels wet then don’t water.
And whenever you water it, make sure to make the flood it with water.
Water sparing but deeply is the key to keep this plant healthy.
Right Potting Soil
Potting soil will play a big role in caring for 9 o’clock flower plant.
As this plant is a succulent it requires fast draining soil that is able to flush out excess water in no time.
Enough amount of sand and perlite will make sure to drain the water quickly.
I recommend this potting soil for Portulaca. (Succulent Potting Mix)
Watering Properly – 9 o’clock flower plant care
The other point you need to remember while caring for portulaca is, how to water it.
As, it is a succulent plant, never water over the plant and its flower.
Always water at the base of the plant with the help of a pointed watering can (like this one).
Other important point in 9 o’clock flower plant care involves sunlight.
Often people complain that their portulaca is not flowering and most of the time its because of improper sunlight.
9 o’clock flower can survive well under shade but in order to produce blooms it requires good amount of low – medium direct sunlight (4-5 hours)
So, if your 9 o’clock plant is not producing flowers then consider moving it in direct sunlight.
9 o’clock flower plant doesn’t require much fertilizer and will keep on growing well without it.
But if you add too much of fertilizer to it then it can cause some problem to its growth.
It is best to apply only a handful of fertilizer (cow dung or vermicompost) during its blooming period to the plant every 20 -25 days and water immediately to release its nutrient.
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Best Time to Grow 9 o’clock Flower Plant?
This plant loves sunlight and will need direct sunlight for at least 5-6 hours daily.
So, the best time to grow 9 o’clock plant is just before the arrival of summer season. That is in India, you can grow it in late March – early April.
Before growing make sure that the weather is clear and there is no forecast of rain in near future.
9 o’clock plants blooms in summer.
How to Grow 9 o’clock flower plant (Portulaca)
How to Grow 9 o’clock plant From Seeds
Growing 9 o’clock flower plant from seeds is quite an easy process and for the same:
You will need fast draining potting soil with good water retention quality.
You can use the following ingredients to make potting soil for Portulaca.
- Loamy Soil – 60% (fast drainage)
- Coco Peat – 25% (for better water retention quality)
- Organic Compost – 10%
- Neem Khali – 5% (Anti-fungal)
You can sow the seeds directly into the container you are growing it (you don’t need to use a different seedling container).
For growing it simply:
Take a wide container as it roots are shallow and don’t go that deep.
Make a few holes at the bottom for drainage and passage of air.
Fill it with potting soil, by continuously pressing the soil to remove air pockets.
Once it is done, water the soil making it just moist.
Now sprinkle the seeds evenly all over the soil.
After sowing seeds, add a very thin layer of potting soil over it.
Be very sure of adding a thin layer as its seed need light to germinate.
After this water it again lightly to provide it the perfect moisture.
Then put this container under shade or somewhere it gets filtered light.
And only water it once the soil gets dry.
Germination period of 9 o’clock flower plant is somewhere around 1-2 weeks if everything goes well.
Once it germinates then it will grow very quickly and starts blooming in no time.
So, after a few days from germination, you will need to relocate to a position where it gets direct sunlight otherwise it won’t bloom.
How to Grow 9 o’clock From Cutting Method
Cutting method is more preferred to grow 9 o’clock flower as it is faster compared to growing it from seeds
For growing it from cutting.
The process is quite simple and straightforward:
Fill a wide container with fast draining soil and make it moist by watering it.
Get a healthy small cutting of portulaca of around (2-3 cm) with some leaves on it.
Remove the leaves from the bottom part, leaving other leaves intact.
Make small holes of about 0.5 inches in the potting soil & bury the cutting inside it.
After this water it lightly and keep the container under shade for 3-4 days so that they can develop roots.
You will see a significant change in the plant once it develop roots and then you can transfer it to a location where it receives full sunlight.
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Why is it called 9 o’clock flower plant?
You might be wondering, why it is called 9 o’clock flower plant?
It is so, because its flower opens up or blooms between 9 – 10 o’clock every morning.
Wish! I could have this much of dedication in my life.
Okay, enough of crying…!!!
Is 9 o’clock flower (Portulaca) perennial or annual?
9 o’clock flower is an annual plant, but an exception, which blooms year after year.
Annual flowers are those which grows, produce seeds and dies in one season.
But portulaca is a special one that comes again next year to shower its beautiful bloom.
Grow this exceptionally beautiful easy to grow plants and enjoy its amazing blooms.
Do share your experience or if you face any problem while growing it.