Primrose Assorted 4.5" 5"
Primrose flowers bloom in early spring, offering a variety of form, size, and color.
Primroses are considered temporary indoor plants.
Primroses indoors are typically thought of as a short term houseplant, much like orchids and poinsettias.
They are sold with the intention of providing a few weeks of bright flowers and then discarded after the blooms have faded.
While growing primroses indoors beyond their bloom span is possible, it is not always easy.
Because of this, many people choose to simply plant their primrose house plant out into the garden after the flowers are gone.
If you decide that you want to keep your primroses indoors, they will need bright direct or indirect light.
Enjoy them while they are blooming and beautiful, and discard them when they are done, or move them outside to enjoy the rest of spring and the summer and into the fall.
While technically longer-living plants, getting them to rebloom indoors is a very difficult task.
Primroses are cool-natured plants.
They are suitable for use in garden beds and borders as well as in containers or for naturalizing areas of the lawn.
When given the proper growing conditions, these vigorous plants will multiply each year, adding stunning colors to the landscape.
Blooming often lasts throughout summer and in some areas, they will continue to delight the fall season with their outstanding colors.
Most primrose flowers seen in gardens are Polyanthus hybrids, which range in color from white, cream and yellow to orange, red and pink.
There are also purple and blue primrose flowers.
These perennial plants prefer damp, woodland-like conditions.
Primrose perennials should be planted in lightly shaded areas with well-drained soil, preferably amended with organic matter.
Set primrose plants about 6" to 12" apart and 4" to 6" deep.
Water thoroughly after planting.
Add a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture.
Continue to give your primroses thorough watering throughout the summer months, about once a week or more during periods of drought, but let off once fall approaches.
The primrose flower also appreciates light applications of organic fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Keep primrose plants looking their best with regular pruning of dead leaves and spent blooms.
If you want to collect the seeds of your primroses, wait until late summer or early fall before taking them.
Store them in a cool, dry place until the following planting season or sow them in a cold frame.
Slugs and snails are common pests affecting primrose plants.
These can be controlled with non toxic slug bait placed around the garden.
Spider mites and aphids may also attack primroses but can be sprayed with soapy water.
If primrose plants are not getting enough drainage, they may also be prone to crown rot and root rot.
This can be easily fixed by amending the soil with compost or relocating the plants to a well-drained site.
Too much moisture can also make the primrose flower susceptible to fungal infections.
This can often be prevented by using good watering habits and adequate spacing between plants.
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