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Poor primrose variety

sandyvsandyv Posts: 113
I bought some of the Primlet variety of primrose 4 weeks ago, from 2 different suppliers. Planted out in tubs, but following last week's rain they are destroyed, middles have rotted out with mildew. Pic shows them next to tub of 'regular' primroses showing ''normal' weathering. Anyone else had this problem? Seems like a variety to avoid outside.


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,910
    Mine always do that after rain, pick the dead bits off they’ll grow again, when they’ve finished in the pots, plant them out in the garden and cut the whole lot back to the ground, they’ll shoot up fresh green then. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113
    If they normally behave like this after rain, then I don't think they are suitable for growing in the garden. :-( they obviously need to be grown under cover in conservatory or greenhouse.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    edited April 2019
    They might be a bit closely packed together?

    With them being so floriferous there is no gap between the flowers. What you are seeing is also the old flowers dying off, they do need a little attention with removal. I think the lack of air movement around the pot might contribute?
    You say in the garden but the pot looks like it might be against a wall or something?

    Good air flow helps them to dry off after rain.

    A more open position may help.
    They have shorter stems than the ones next to them too.
    You do need to give them some care when you have a compact floriferous variety like that compared to wild and more open types.

    I would take Lyns sound advice.
  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 113
    Thanks both for your comments. As suggested I've cut out the mouldy stems, tubs are in the open. Maybe not a variety for me as I'm used to my spring tubs looking after themselves. Maybe I'm too lazy!!
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