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Do I need to de-head these primulas?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 325

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,919
    I do, it looks nicer, but up to you.

    i find the Denticulata particularly self seeds, I have the purple ones and confine loads to the compost heap every year.
    When the leaves start looking tatty, grab the whole thing and cut down as near to the soil as you can, they’ll come up with lovely nice bright growth for the summer, won’t flower again but will look nice.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,296
    IMO life is too short.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 884
    Hi @fizzyliz,

    I don't think you need to deadhead, if you leave them for a bit they may well seed around and you'll have more plants. Once they are totally brown and scruffy you could trim them off to tidy up.

    Bee x
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    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,919
    You can easily split the plants to make more, every year they multiply.  Your Denticulata looks as though there’s one on the side now,  if you dig it up and gently tease them apart you can replant them. 
    @punkdoc. They are my main flowering plants for early spring, my garden would be quite drab if not for them.  

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,296
    I love them too @Lyn, but as you say, i divide them if I want more, plus they self seed all over.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,731
    That is SO weird Punkdoc because that's EXACTLY what I was going to put
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