How to Plant Primrose Flowers


Primroses are popular flowering perennials with spongy, evergreen foliage. They are widely planted across the United States in many different varieties. Primroses come in a wide array of colors, including red, blue, purple, yellow and white and will bloom continuously throughout the summer if properly cared for. Primroses grow well in pots as well as in the ground and are often used to brighten up borders and window sill planters. Primroses are very low maintenance plants and are quite easy to successfully plant.

Step 1

Locate a shady, cool spot that receives some indirect sunlight where your primroses can thrive.

Step 2

Dig a hole with your small shovel that is twice as wide and just as deep as the container of the primrose.

Step 3

Mix the removed soil from the hole with an equal amount of acidified compost and 1/3 the amount of peat moss. Thoroughly combine the soil mixture.

Step 4

Carefully remove the plant from its container and gently loosen its root ball with your fingers. Place the primrose in the hole, slowly filling the hole in with the prepared soil mixture. The primrose should be planted in the soil up to the base of its leaves.

Step 5

Fill in the hole completely with the prepared soil, and gently tamp down the surface around the base of the plant.

Step 6

Spread a 2-inch thick layer of mulch around the plant to help maintain moisture and protect the root system during the winter.

Step 7

Water the plant every 2 to 3 days to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Small shovel
  • Acidified compost
  • Peat moss
  • Water
  • Primrose plants
  • Mulch


  • Primrose Tips
  • Planting Primrose
  • Osuna Nursery Perennial Planting Guide, R. Watson, 2009
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Marie Price is a freelance food, arts and gardening writer. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Fine Arts in Brooklyn, NY where she studied painting and art history. She also has many years experience with catering and baking. She currently works as a marketing director and technical writer at a nursery, where she also uses her knowledge of plants.