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    Default common purslane (Portulaca olearacea) for vivarium ground cover?

    Has anyone ever used Purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, or pursley, and moss rose.. in a vivarium set up? I've removed literally a ton of it from my garden this year, apparently it's even edible. It's definitely a weed as in it spreads quickly and is a ground cover plant. I was curious if I could use it in my vivarium set up?

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    Default Re: common purslane (Portulaca olearacea) for vivarium ground cover?

    I did. Mine needed full lighting and a quick drying substrate like topsoil and osmunda fiber for quick drainage or a coarse sand+rock mix or even perlite/vermiculite for a quick dry. They're kinda hard to eliminate once they get established and their roots can really cling lol.

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    Default Re: common purslane (Portulaca olearacea) for vivarium ground cover?

    I can attest to how invasive they are, I am battling this stuff in my garden this year.

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    Default Re: common purslane (Portulaca olearacea) for vivarium ground cover?

    Seems to grow in the brighter, dryer spots of my garden so I'm doubtful that it would work well in a viv.
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    Default Re: common purslane (Portulaca olearacea) for vivarium ground cover?

    Quote Originally Posted by LilyPad View Post
    Seems to grow in the brighter, dryer spots of my garden so I'm doubtful that it would work well in a viv.
    Yeah my substrate is fairly moist, I don't see it taking off either (wish I could say the same about my garden..). I placed some in my tank as an experiment, if it dies I will just remove it.

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    Their seeds,spores,rhizomes or whatever it is using to reproduce is very nasty and caked my substrate dry like there's no tomorrow. They're also salt tolerant as i've tried growing them for my fiddler crabs and red thai crabs lol

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