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March 15, 2011

The primroses are blooming!


Primroses are some of the first flowers of spring and so welcome! They have the added benefit of being perinneals and with a little loving care should last for years and years. Primroses love cool weather and lots of rich humus and leaf mold. In spring they will take full sun, but like some protection later on in the summer. Primulas are quite tolerant of being transplanted, even when they are in bloom. Newly purchased plants can be set into the garden in early spring. Older plants can be divided and transplanted right after they are finished blooming.

If you want to plant primroses from seed, you should know that the seeds are very tiny and also need light to germinate. Before planting any primroses in the garden proper the bed should be prepared by mixing the soil so it is at least half peat to a depth of at least eight inches. As with all other planting, fertilizer should be mixed with the soil, preferably one that has 4-12-4 or something similar. Another application can be given in the early fall to stimulate a little fall growth before the ground freezes.

The more common primroses seem to be perfectly hardy and except for a light mulch to prevent heaving they do not require a great deal of winter protection. They certainly brighten any flower garden or window sill with an array of color early in the season.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 15, 2011 10:34 AM
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