Tips on Growing Primrose Plants

A wildly popular garden plant, the primrose has been delighting gardeners with the first blooms of the season for ages hence. A European descendant, the Primula vulgaris is a proud parent of many varieties enjoyed today in America. The polyantha primrose, one such example, is available in every bloom color under the sun, and produces a group of soft, large leaved foliage to accent the pretty flowers. Plant the primrose and enjoy the easy way it cultivates itself into your garden.


Choose a location in part shade. Primrose tends to stress in prolonged, direct heat. Some varieties will be happy in rock gardens, under trees, or near high traffic areas where other plants may not thrive.


Prepare the soil for good drainage and provide nutrients by adding organic matter. Cultivate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter, such as pine bark or well rotted manure, 12 inches deep into the bed.


Provide a covering of up to 2 inches of organic mulch to retain moisture and discourage weeds. Pine needles or cut leaves are good choices.


Water well after planting and keep the soil moist. If the location site is in heavy sun, moisture must be carefully monitored.


Discourage pests, like rabbits, from nibbling on your primrose plants with natural spray deterrents similar to those used on bulb flower foliage. Natural sprays do not harm the animals, but make the previously delectable plants taste unappealing.

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