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worth buying primroses now?

djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211


the local nursery is selling off some primroses, 50p each or 30 for £10. they are full bloomed, wondered if they were worth buying and if so what to do with them once they are done flowering for the year?



  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    I move primroses round my garden all the time at this year - so I'd think absolutely fine to buy now and plant them.  They'll fade away for the summer (trim off the leaves when they get untidy and brown) and then come back to delight you in the cold of February 2014.

    I am on heavy clay soil in south wales and they seem to love it.  What sort of soil do you have and where are you?

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    My Primroses have provided colour and put a smile on my face through out this long bitter winter, the have bloomed continuously for nearly five months in a long row at the front of the border, if it was me I would get them.
    Prepare a plot or strip of border then drop the Primroses out of the pot and plant them, open up the base of the root gently so they will travel into the surrounding soil.
    When the flowers die off which will be soon leave the plants alone apart from weeding, the top growth will also die back then start to come again in Autumn. Clean around the plants and a mulch of compost around them then leave to flower.
    After flowering next year lift and divide the plants re-planting them where you wish them to grow you will double your plants doing that. They can be divided each year after that. My plants came from one given to me and divided each year until I now have a lovely glowing row of yellow flowers.


  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    Hi there,

    in birmingham, i tested the soil and its between acidic - very acidic (6.5 5), heavy clay, and poor drainage in places. i had in mind to put them on display in pots (i have 3x 22cm pots), taking them out when their season is over then putting them somewhere until next year, replacing them with a different flower and keep it rotated year round. does that sound reasonable to do?

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Mine are just coming into flower - as perennials 50p is a good as they last for years. They are almost evergreen (depends on weather and soil) so can be used to edge borders, esp in shadier areas. Great if we get a mild spring next year. I have mine in a woodland part of my garden and can see them from my kitchen - good burst of colour when needed.

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  • TesniTesni Posts: 163

    I think you should go for it, yes. I bought some about 2 months ago and they are still flowering. I am a first-timer with primroses though, so not sure what happens next - will be reading the great tips above!

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    keep them for next and divide them up making new plants . 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    A good buy djjjuk, if, as hollie hock says, you don't have any. They live for years and seed into  all sorts of places where you could never have planated them, eg little gaps in steps or right up against a tree. Lovely plants, just when you need them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • you should buy 30 and keep dividing them.

  • When do you divide primroses then? I love my primroses and some of them have gotten absolutely huge since I planted them in Feb image

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