Tips on how to grow Primrose flowers

 



Primrose flowers also known as Primula polyantha normally bloom in early spring, and they offer a variety of form, size, and color. Primrose flowers are suitable for use in garden beds and borders and also in containers. If the plants are given the proper growing conditions, the plants will multiply every year adding stunning colors to the landscape. The plant bloom throughout summer and even in some areas the plant will continue to delight the fall season with their outstanding colors. Some of the primrose flowers seen in gardens are Polyanthus hybrids, which vary in color from white, cream and yellow to red, orange and pink. Also there are blue and purple primrose flowers. Primrose flowers prefer damp, woodland-like conditions.

 

How to grow Primrose Plants

Actually growing this plant is easy, they are quite hardy and adaptable. The primrose plant can be found in most garden centers and nurseries. Make sure you look for the primroses that are healthy in appearance, if possible the one with unopened buds. Also this plant can be grown from seeds with an equal mixture of soil, sand and peat moss. You can plant them indoors or outdoors depending on the time of year and the climate in your area. Usually the primrose seeds are sown indoors (also outdoors in cold frame) during winter. Once the seedlings have obtained their 2nd or 3rd leaves you can easily transplant them into the garden. The cuttings can also be taken from some of the varieties during summer.

 

How to care for Primrose plants

The plant needs to be planted in lightly shaded areas with a well-drained soil, if possible the soil should be amended with organic matter. You can set the primrose plants about six to twelve inches apart and four to six inches deep. Make sure you water them thoroughly after planting. You can add a layer of mulch around the primrose plants to help retain moisture. Make sure you continue to give the primrose plants thorough watering throughout the summer months, and also about once a week or more during periods of drought. The plants also need a light application of organic fertilizer throughout the growing season. You can keep the primrose plants to continue looking their best by regular pruning of dead leaves and spent blooms. If you actually want to collect the seeds of your primroses make sure you wait until late summer or early fall before taking the seeds. Make sure you store the seeds in a cool, dry place until the following planting season or sow the seeds in a cold frame.

 

Some of the problems with Primrose plants

One of the common pests affecting primrose plants are slugs and snails. The slugs and snails can be controlled with non-toxic slug bait placed around the garden. The primrose plants can also be attacked by spider mites and aphids but can be sprayed with soapy water. The plant can also be prone to crown rot and root rot if the plants are not getting enough drainage. You can easily fixed this by amending the soil with compost or relocating the primrose plants to a well-drained place. Also too much moisture can make the plant susceptible to fungal infections. You can easily prevent this by using good watering habits and also an adequate spacing between plants.


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