Portulaca Molokiniensis Propagation (4 Effective Methods) 

Portulaca molokiniensis propagation could be conducted via cutting method, seeds and from division as well.

Portulaca Molokiniensis Propagation

Portulaca molokiniensis are quite famous plants among succulent gardners. Further they opt to grow indoor potted plants as well. 

To briefly explain on the plants, they would grow as upright plants and they would reach a maximum height of 1 feet to 1 ½ feet at maturity. 

Further these plants would be 20 inches in diameter too. You could spot their thick round shaped leaves in pale green color. Portulaca molokiniensis plant leaves would be 2 inches in length.

Portulaca molokiniensis plants usually grow as clumps. Besides, these plants produce flowers in yellow. Those would be cup shaped and would form thick stalks. 

Portulaca molokiniensis flowers would arise from the leaf rosette center. So, when considering the values of these plants, it is vital that you realize how you conduct the propagation of these beautiful plants. 

So, if you wish to arm yourself on how to conduct their propagation and on their after-care tips, you will find this article very interesting.

Portulaca molokiniensis propagation by cuttings

Propagating Portulaca molokiniensis using the stem cutting method is the easiest and simplest method. 

You need to always bear in mind to use a clean sharp knife to snip the stem so that you can have successful results. 

If you end up using dirty utensils, chances are that it would lead to infections in the plants. Eventually it would fail the entire propagation process. For example, microorganisms such as bacteria tend to occur if you end up using the dirty utensils.

Make sure that you use sharp tools, so that you can make sharp cuttings. If not, you will have to cut the stems over and over again to get the cuttings as you want. 

Consequently, it would damage the plant surface and would ruin the entire set up. To start off you need to cut a piece which is closer to the base. I recommend using a blade with an axial blade so that you could do this task precisely.

Leave it in a dry place which will allow them to dry. Then they will develop callousness. Next you need to insert the cuttings in a well-draining soil mix. 

In terms of the right soil mix, you need to use a mix which consists of sand or peat, perlite and river sand which has a 3:1:1 ratio. 

After that, water them lightly for a few days. You could spot them rooting during a few weeks’ time.

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Portulaca molokiniensis propagation by division

If you wish to propagate the Portulaca molokiniensis by division, you need to first until spring comes

First and foremost, you need to remove the plants from the pots and remove the soil. Separate them from the weak joint of tubers. 

Next apply some sulfur powder or even plant ash and then plant them in a pot. Do not bury the tubes too deep. Ideally the tubers should be 1.5-2 cm below when you plant them.

If you have a fairly big Portulaca molokiniensis plant, chances are that they may carry latent buds which are large. 

Then you can divide them into small pieces and bury them in wet sand. That will ensure that they heal their wounds. After that you can plant them in a pot which will have smaller tubers and you could see how they flourish.

Do they produce seeds?

Portulaca molokiniensis produces seeds. They would usually include in the ¼ inch fruits. 

You could spot their fruits as capsules which tend to look like pointed eggs. Those fruits consist of slightly sticky seeds. 

The colors of the seeds would be dark brown to black. These seeds can self-propagate too. In addition to that you could collect them separately and use them for propagation as well.

If you wish to propagate them by seeds, you need to first leave them in a place for a few days so that they can dry. 

Ideally you need to sprinkle them on a soil layer in a container. Make sure that you dampen the soil layer with some light watering. 

You could see how they produce little shoots from the seeds within a few days’ time. ultimately, they would produce a new plant as well. 

During this process, keep in mind that you need to water them lightly for a few days. Once you spot them growing a viable plant, you can switch back to the regular way of watering them.

Portulaca Molokiniensis Propagation

Portulaca molokiniensis propagation in water?

Yes, it can propagate Portulaca in the water. 

  • First obtain a clean cut portulaca stem with leaves.
  • Submerged the lower part of the stem in water. You can use a jar or a plastic cup for this purpose. 
  • Keep that until the root appears.
  • After the root emerges you can plant it in the soil as described above.

How to treat after propagation.

Portulaca molokiniensis would thrive well with minimum supervision from you. All you need to assure is that you provide the right conditions for them. 

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It is very unlikely that things could go wrong with them if you supply the main growing conditions for them.

Light requirement

Portulaca molokiniensis have a significant demand when it comes to sunlight. Ideally, they would prefer to have direct sunlight in the morning to flourish. 

If you grow them outdoors, you need to choose a spot where they can get ample bright sunlight in the morning. 

These are used to grow in hot areas such as Hawaii, so it is obvious that they need strong sunlight levels. 

On the other hand, when you grow them indoors, you need to choose a spot where they can gain sufficient sunlight. 

Ideally a bright sunny windowsill would suit them the best. I suppose the best place where they can gain sufficient sunlight would be a place near to a bright sunny windowsill.

However, if you still find it difficult to provide the required sunlight levels, you need to consider placing grow lights closer to the plants. 

You may easily find them at your garden centers or even at nurseries. You can choose the best grow light depending on your budget as there is a lot to choose from.

Portulaca molokiniensis need to have sufficient sunlight so that they can conduct the photosynthesis process. 

A grow light is an electric light which you can specifically use for cultivating indoor plants. Grow lights would be a great alternative for natural sunlight. it would help to conduct the photosynthesis process.

Water requirement

Portulaca molokiniensis adapted to growing in hot and dry conditions as aforesaid. So, they will thrive with minimum water there. 

So, keep in mind that you need to supply them with water at minimum levels. Portulaca molokiniensis leaves are wide and carry an absorbent surface. 

They would retain water for some extended periods. So, do not water them often. I suppose once every week or once every ten days watering would fulfill their watering requirement. 

Further when watering you do not need to water them to soak them in. Instead, you need to water them lightly so that it would keep the necessary water levels to keep them growing vigorously and healthily. 

Besides, ensure that your selected pots have sufficient drainage as well. If you keep growing them in non-draining pots, it will make the plant’s roots sit in soggy waterlogged conditions.

Temperature requirement

Portulaca molokiniensis used to grow in hot and dry weather conditions. So, they would prefer warmer temperatures right throughout. 

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Ideally you need to mimic the same conditions they get in nature when you cultivate them. Portulaca molokiniensis are not cold hardy plants. 

Hence, they would not withstand the extreme colder conditions.

As such if you live somewhere where there is colder condition right throughout, best is to grow them indoors. 

Alternatively, you can grow them in a pot and bring them once these winter conditions approach. Keep in mind that they will not tolerate temperatures which are below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure that you do not expose the plants to frost as it could turn out to be something very harmful on the plants. 

Portulaca Molokiniensis Propagation

Soil requirement

Selecting a right soil mix is the most important factor when growing the Portulaca molokiniensis to check whether they have an excellent drainage. 

It would ensure that there will be no root rot. In addition to the excellent drainage, it is important that it has a good aeration as well. 

That will further better the drainage factor in the soil mix. A mix of cactus potting soil and mineral grit of 1:1 would work well with them. 

Grit is very crucial in enhancing the draining of the soil mix.Grit could be a mix of coarse sand, pumice, and perlite. 

Coarse sand in the soil mix as it is thick and consists of heavy granules. There will be more space between the individual granules which will allow the excess water to move away. 

Further pumice is more like a type of stone which has natural gas filled. The gas bubbles will provide a good aeration to the soil mix consequently which would allow the excess water to move through. 

Perlite is more like an element which has volcanic material included. They would also increase the draining of the soil mix.

Final thought

Before concluding, Portulaca molokiniensis are becoming more and more trendy as great ornamental plants as well as potted plants, so, if you are confident of how you should conduct the propagation, you could make multiple plants of them and share them with your friends as well. 

So, I hope you were able to clear all your doubts with regards to propagating the Portulaca molokiniensis and now that you are ready to start propagating them.

Credit to : Summer Rayne Oakes
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