Purslane: does it make sense to overwinter?

Purslane: does it make sense to overwinter?

Outdoor plants usually do not survive despite protection

You can give it a try with sticks, leaves, compost, or fleece. As a rule, however, the purslane does not survive the winter outdoors. If frost penetrates to its roots, the plant dies.

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Hibernate potted plants indoors

Anyone who has planted their purslane florets in a pot or bucket on the balcony or terrace, for example, has the best chance of overwintering the plant safely. But how does it work properly?

How to proceed:

  • Put in the planter from mid / late October
  • choose a bright winter location
  • Temperatures there: 15 to 18 ° C (preferably not warmer)
  • Pour little during the winter, do not fertilize and if necessary spray with water
  • check regularly for pest infestation
  • from the end of March slowly get used to direct sunlight again (e.g. put out during the day)

Self-sowing - not uncommon

The purslane remains in its place outside during the winter. It is snowing and frost is moving across the country. Nevertheless, new plants sprout in spring. Can the plant survive frost after all? No, it's the seeds that survived. They like to sow themselves.

If necessary, re-sow in spring

If the purslane froze to death, there is no reason to be sad. This plant can be re-sown in the spring in no time. Alternatively, you can buy new plants in spring and plant them out from May. The costs for this are usually manageable.


If only a few shoots of the plant have survived in the spring, these can be cut off and pulled as cuttings.