Oxlip primrose plants are actually suitable for growing in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones four through eight. These plants are among the first plants to appear in early spring. The pale yellow, primrose-like blooms can actually attract bees and other pollinators to your garden. Continue reading to get more information about oxlip plant.

This plant is also known as true oxlip or oxlip primrose plant, oxlip (Primula elatior). The plant is a member of the primrose family and their leaves look quite similar. The oxlip plants are tougher and they are more able to withstand heat and drought than its more sensitive cousins. The oxlip plant is commonly confused with another closely related primula known as cowslip (P. veris), which is similar looking but has smaller, bright yellow flowers (with red dots inside) and are bell shaped. The Oxlip plants are frequently found growing wild. The Oxlip plants prefer woodlands and moist meadow environments and it does fine in gardens.  


How to Grow Oxlips Plant

The Oxlip plants actually prefer partial shade or dappled sunlight. The plant tolerates poor to average soil and they are often found growing in heavy clay or alkaline soil. Autumn is actually the best to plant oxlips seeds outdoors if your winters are mild. You can sprinkle the oxlips seeds on the surface of the soil, as they won’t germinate without sunlight. The oxlips seeds will germinate the following spring. You can also plant the oxlip seeds inside about 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Prepare for planting 3 weeks ahead by mixing the oxlips seeds with damp peat moss or potting mix, then store the bag in the refrigerator. The three week chilling period mimics the natural outdoor chilling period. Fill a planting tray with moist potting mix, and then plant the chilled oxlips seeds on the surface. You have to place the tray in indirect light, where temperatures are maintained about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch for the oxlip seeds to germinate in 2 to 6 weeks. Transplant the oxlip primrose plants after the last frost in spring. Once they are planted, the oxlip plants actually require very little care. Water them moderately and feed the plants before flowering time in spring. You can apply a layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and moist during the summer months.  

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