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Primrose – One of the most Charming for Spring Bloom

We had an unseasonably hot spell a couple of weeks ago and the tete a tetes made a quick exit. Fortunately, my pale yellow primroses started to bloom a few days later adding the yellow back to the borders.  Assuming the weather doesn’t get unseasonably hot again, I’ll be able to enjoy their beauty for about 6 weeks.

It’d be hard to plant too many of these wonderful african-daisy-like moonlight-yellow flowered plants. Mine are in my front borders. They’re particularly beautiful en mass under the red maple in the island bed. I never seem to get enough of them.

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Increasing the Number of Plants

They’re easy to propagate from divisions which you can take in early spring just as the new leaves come up. But I never can bring myself to break apart a clump just before bloom.  When they finish flowering, I dig up the biggest clump, separate them, and replant in other places.  They’ll make a show surprisingly fast if they’re mulched and in soil rich with organic matter.

From Seed

I wish mine would reseed themselves but they always go dormant in the hot dry weather before they have a chance to form seedpods.

You can buy primrose seed.  I’m not sure which variety I have but Primula elatior (oxlip) is my best guess.  If you ended up with Primula vulgarism or Primula veris — you’d still have a nice plant.

Great for Wintersown

If you’re like me and like to wintersow seed— primrose is a great one.

Wintersow sparsely as early as January since they need 4 to 6 weeks of cold before they’ll germinate.  The wintersown method should keep the soil moist — which is what the seeds require.

Some instructions say to set small plants in a nursery bed and then transplant into their permanent location in the fall.  I think I’d probably do at least half that way — just in case — but I’d put the other half right into the permanent location.  That way — if it works out ok — I could do away with nursery bed step when planting in future years.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t already have Primrose in your borders — add it to your list of must-have plants.  It’s a plant you’ll enjoy and look forward to every Spring.

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2 comments to Primrose – One of the most Charming for Spring Bloom

  • Karen Ensworth

    Hi Teresa,

    It is so good to find your site. I left an email on an older site of yours about yellow primroses. I will soon be 64 and I lost my Mum 5yrs. ago and my heart is still breaking. So, I find your site so comforting! I am still looking for the old fashioned orange and yellow primrose plants. Do you have any of these in your gardens? As I spoke of, in the older site of yours, I am trying to replicate Mum’s garden as best I can, in my own garden. It is such a wonderful thing you are doing with this site! Keep up healing hearts out here!

    Love……… a sister in gardening ……… Karen

  • Theresa

    What a lovely message Karen. Thank you.
    I don’t have the old fashioned orange — but I have this old fashioned yellow as shown in the post.
    Is that what you mean?
    Theresa

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