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Primrose

Primula vulgaris

Blue primrose, Culver keys

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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.

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
Place in bright light but not direct sun
Pot plant
Watering is important, keep the soil moist

Geography

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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