How to Winterize Primrose

Dainty primroses growing in a flowerbed image by destinycole/


Primrose is a perennial wildflower available in many different varieties. Some primroses prefer moist soils and other varieties grow more readily in dry environments. Gardeners who add primroses to their flowerbeds will have a sweet-smelling flower that adds color and scents to the garden throughout most of the growing season. Primrose returns each year to bloom with little maintenance from a gardener, aside from water and light peat moss mulch.

Step 1

Leave the primrose blooms on the stalks after blooming to allow the plants to reseed. This is the way primrose returns year after year.

Step 2

Cut the stems back to 1 to 2 inches above the soil level in the autumn to clean up the growing area and prepare for winter.

Step 3

Lay down a 1-inch layer of peat moss over the primrose growing area to insulate the area during the winter months. Primrose is quite hardy over the winter season and will survive without extensive winterizing.

Step 4

Brush away any remaining peat moss in the early spring to find new primrose shoots emerging from the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Primrose plants
  • Garden shears
  • Peat moss


  • Primrose
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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