It's spring! (well, nearly...) The daffodils are shooting up, the snowdrops are already doing their thing, and what about the Primroses? Yes, they are now…
Primula genus (Primrose). These are annuals, biennials and perennials, some of which are evergreen. They are produced in rosettes of basal leaves with tubular, bell or primrose-shaped flowers. The flower stems, leaves and sepals are covered with farina (a waxy powder).
Perennials, Evergreens, Fragrants
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There are primulas suitable for almost every type of site; border, screen garden, bog garden, pool margin, greenhouse and alpine house.
They are hardy to frost tender, and they prefer fertile, well-drained soils. They grow in partial-shade with ample water. Repot pot-grown plants annually. Tidy-up fading foliage and dead-head as flowering ceases.
By seed when fresh or in spring; increase selected forms during dormancy, either by division or by root cuttings. Auriculas should be propagated by offsets in early spring or early summer. Root cuttings can be taken when dormant in winter.
Border cultivars may be prone to slug damage in damp situations and to attack by root aphids when grown in very dry conditions or in pots.
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