Your Primrose Growing Guide

Primrose flowers are not only beautiful but very easy to tend. For gardeners just starting out to people that have been doing it for years, primroses are a favorite. They provide gorgeous bell-shaped flowers that come in several different colors.

Planting Primroses

When you are planting your primroses, you should choose an acidic soil that is rich and moist. These flowers do the best in the shade, so pick a dark corner that could use some color and beauty. These plants also do well near other acid-loving flowers and plants. You can also plant them under tree canopies. On the north side of your house is another ideal spot as it is usually the wettest and the shadiest. There are several different places to plant your primrose flowers where they will excel.

Early spring is the ideal time for to plant primroses, at the very least, they should be planted 6 inches away from each other. The crown needs to be at the exact same height as the soil. You can transplant these flowers at any time, even when they are in bloom.

Primrose Types

Becqause there are several different kinds of primrose flowers you have an excellent chance of finding one that works for your location and gardening technique. Candelabra or Japanese primroses do better in boggy areas as they both need quite a bit of moisture to thrive. For a red primrose you should go with the Japanese, they also have white or purple flowers. A candelabra provides orange yellow blooms.

Evening primroses grow to be very tall, up to 5 feet. They are a very vivid yellow on the outside with a hint of white on the inside. More often than not, you will see these primroses growing on the side of the road, or in fields or meadows. These plants bloom starting in June and ending in September. You can actually eat the entire plant as it is completely edible.

Primrose Care

As mentioned above, caring for a primrose can be very simple and rewarding. You will need to be sure to water your primroses very well. While your primrose will need a lot of water, you should make sure that the soil that you are using drains well. Regardless of the type of flower or plant you have, standing water will do damage. About once a month you will need to give your primrose some fertilizer to promote growth.

Primroses thrive with an aggressive pruning. After the flowers have completely wilted you will need to cut off the whole stem encasement where your flower once was. Once you have done this, your primrose will be encouraged to have another blooming session.

When your primrose is taken care of properly and is healthy, it will begin to grow the start of a brand new plant, called a runner. You can transplant these to other areas or give them to a friend.