Primrose

Primula vulgaris

There are about 400 species of primulas of which more than half originate from the Himalayas. They are valued for their ornamental flowers and have been cultivated and hybridised for centuries. They are grown in gardens for their spring flowers.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Spring, Winter

Harvesting

Flowers of the taller species can be cut for the vase. If flowers are left on the plants seeds can be harvested to be sown.

Propagation

Division

Divide rosettes after flowering

Seed

Surface-sow seeds, they need light to germinate

Cuttings

Root basal cuttings in autumn or spring, take root cuttings while dormant in winter

Special features

Indoor plant
Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Northern Hemisphere, Himalayas

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Primulaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, white, pink, mauve, purple, blue

Scent

Mild

Problems

Prone to aphids, red spider mite, leaf hoppers, slugs, Primula brown core and grey mould
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