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How to Transplant Primroses

There are many varieties of primroses that grow throughout the world. They are all lovely flowering plants that enhance the look of any garden. However, if your primroses are outgrowing their pot or your garden, perhaps it is time to transplant the primroses to another area. Transplanting primroses does not have to be a headache if you do it correctly. As long as you listen to the needs of the plant, transplanted primroses should continue to grow well.

Choose a new place for your primroses in your garden. Primroses like partial shade and rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Transplant them to an area that is cool and they will thrive for years to come. If your soil is too clay-like, improve it by adding compost or manure and working it into a depth of about 8 inches.

Transplant primroses in the spring if they are young plants. If the primroses are older, transplant them once they have finished blooming. Dead-head older primroses before you transplant them.

Dig a hole for the primroses. Make sure the hole is deep enough to accommodate the primroses' roots. If they are young primroses, the hole should be about 4 to 5 inches deep and 6 inches wide. If the primroses are older the hole will need to be larger, about 6 to 7 inches deep and 8 inches wide.

Dig up the primroses from your garden or their container. Dig around the primroses in a wide circle, about 7 to 8 inches from the crown of the plant to avoid cutting apart the roots. Loosen the dirt around the primroses until you can easily lift them up.

Place the primroses in the new hole you dug for them. Fill the hole with soil and pat down firmly. Water the primroses for about three to five minutes after you transplant them.


You may dead-head young primroses to allow the plant to focus on getting established and not producing flowers.


Primroses can be invasive if planted in ideal conditions. Be sure to keep them in check.

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