Purslane

 

Date: July 25th, 2011

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a weedy summer annual species that invades vegetable gardens, bare areas, low-maintenance lawns, ornamental plantings, and agricultural areas.

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Appearance

 

Purslane has reddish stems that begin at a central rooting point. The stems vary in length and can grow up to 12 inches. The leaves are stalkless, oval, smooth, succulent, shiny, and vary from 1/2 to 2 inches in length. The leaves, although generally arranged opposite, may also appear alternately along the stem.


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The plant has small yellow flowers that open up for a short period during the daytime. The blooming period occurs from mid-summer through the early fall and lasts about 1-2 months. Each flower is replaced by a seed capsule that splits open around the middle to release the numerous small seeds. 

 

Common purslane is edible and included in many salads. It has a sweet, yet acid like flavor.

 

 

Growing Conditions

 

Purslane is well adapted to warm, moist conditions like gardens or agricultural areas.

Purslane grows into a dense mat that boxes out other plants.

 

Control

 

Because of its ability to produce large numbers of seeds, common purslane can rapidly colonize any warm, moist site. A few scattered plants in the first year can become an almost solid carpet of purslane the following year. Its ability to re-root after cultivation or hoeing frequently enables it to survive these cultural control practices.

 

Hand weeding and hoeing can be utilized, but in large patches it will be ineffective. After removing the plant, monitor the area frequently for any sign of germination. Properly dispose of all purslane that has been removed from the ground - the plant can quickly re-root.

 

Be sure to clean tools and mowers after working around purslane infested areas. Seeds can become attached to the tools and relocate to where ever the tools are used next.

 

Soil solarization, the covering of soil with a plastic sheet for 4-6 weeks, can kill purslane and its seeds. It should be done in the months of July to August for it to be effective.

 

If the purslane is in a garden or flower bed, a thick 2-3 inch layering of mulch can kill the plant.

 

Both pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides can be used to control purslane. Roundup Weed and Grass Killer can be used to kill the plant.

 

 

If you have any further questions, email them to AskMax@CountryMax.com, or visit your local CountryMax store today!





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