- Sep 2, 2009
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- WV, Zone 6B
Yeah, tilling just multiplies it. It will root from a tiny piece, just like a succulent. Well, it is a succulent, I mean.@journey11 was asking about weather effects. Here's one I haven't noticed.
Purslane really likes my gardens. I ran the rototiller through a lot of it about a week ago. There have been 2 days with temperatures above 100° since. Today I was out there pulling it yet again, in mid-90's heat.
I'm not surprised. One time, I laid a purslane plant upside down on a concrete block at the edge of my garden. After 3 weeks during the hottest part of the summer, it had righted itself and was blooming!
It was no surprise to find a plant completely recovered from its "transplanting shock" lying in the sun with absolutely no soil on it's roots. I was taken a little aback however, when I pulled a piece of a purslane stem from under a corn leaf that had mercifully grown over it during the week. It was perfectly fine and healthy. I don't know if it intended to grow any roots or needed to. Or, if it would just go ahead, bloom, and set seeds lying there half under a corn leaf.
Pulling it and carrying it out of the garden or completely burying purslane - the only ways to be rid of that plant!