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Winter Purslane Seeds

Botanical - Claytonia perfoliata

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420 Seeds.

Other Names - Claytonia, Miner's Lettuce…

Winter Purslane or Claytonia is one of the hardiest winter leaves available. It is well suited for container growing and ideal for beginners as it is an easy and relatively trouble free plant to grow. If treated as a cut and come again, Winter Purslane will produce tender, heart shaped green leaves over a long season. The flavour is very mild which can work well to balance the strong flavours of other winter leaves in the salad bowl. As the leaves mature the shape becomes rounder and cupped and produce a tiny pretty white flower in the middle. The flowers are also edible and delicious.

  • A hardy and easy to grow winter leaf.
  • Cut and come again producing leaves over a long season.
  • Suitable for containers and ideal for beginners.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - August - October

Harvest - October - November, again in February - early April


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer ideal for giving a nutrient boost especially if leaves are grown in containers.

Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before sowing or planting. Remove any weeds.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 25 cm
Average height 30 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants 25 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 25 cm
Overwintering Undercover Sowing depth 0.5 - 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 15 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Purslane grows well in clumps of plants. Sow a tiny pinch of seeds per 4 cm module. Cover with vermiculite or a thin layer of fine compost. Once germination starts reduce the heat and move to a location with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or greenhouse. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater. Thin out leaving a maximum of 4 plants per module.
When the first true leaves have developed, plant out into their final growing position. Harden off over a few days before planting out so the plants get used to the outdoor temperature. Plant at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each clump of plants and water well.

Direct Sowing

Sow a tiny pinch of purslane seeds every 25 cm along the row at a depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with fine soil and water well. Thin to a maximum of 4 plants per clump.


Growing On

Growth will be slow but steady at first. Winter purslane is very hardy and does not require protection over the winter month to survive a normal British winter however if some protection is offered such as a cloche or horticultural fleece the yield will be higher, the leaves will be of better quality and new leaves will start to grow earlier. Remove any damaged or brown leaves throughout the season. Water well in dry weather. Weed often to keep unwanted and competing plants under control.


Harvesting

By mid winter the growth will be prolific. Start to harvest from the plants when the stems are about 7 - 10 cm in height. Avoid pulling on the plants when harvesting the leaves as it is easy to disturb and damage the roots. To harvest cut clumps of leaves with scissors or a sharp knife, cut around the edge of the plant rather than across the top to allow the young leaves in the middle to grow some more ready for the next harvest.
Avoid overharvesting otherwise the plants can take a long time to recover. Always leave some central leaves for rapid regrowth. However if the plants have become very large, cut all of the leaves across the top with a sharp knife leaving about 4 - 5 cm of stem on the plant. In a few weeks fresh new leaves will have grown again.
The plant will start to grow pretty small white flowers. These flowers are edible and are delicious added to salads. Harvesting will come to an end when more and more flower stems are produced, and over time the stems become tougher.

TIP

Claytonia is an ideal plant to grow in the greenhouse overwinter in a container.

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