When do shops sell primulas?

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 946

Does anyone know roughly when garden centres start to sell primroses, polyanthus and other primulas? I've had a look and can't find any. Is it too early?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

    Normally around September. Parkers and T&M are advertisng plugs now, if you want to grow them on to flowering size.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 946

    Thanks Fidgetbones. Had a look - the quantities on tboth these sites is too many - I don't want 33 or 36 plants!! Do you think I should get some seeds and try to grow some myself now for next year?

  • B3B3 Posts: 4,988

    Why not just wait until September and you'll be sure to get the colour you want and they will flower this year?image

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 946

    Okay. Do you think that might be the case with Cowslip too (Primula veris)? I know these are not desirable plants but I love them, they are so beautiful...I had 7 in my garden and accidentally threw 4 away. Did the same with some polyanthus and primroses. Now I am really regretting. I want to get them again.

    I am also after evening primrose but that will be for next year I think. I can't find it anywhere. I know it's not a primula but I just really love it. Nowhere sells it. Shall I get some seeds?

  • B3B3 Posts: 4,988

    Have a look around where they were. Maybe some of them self-seeded .  They won't flower until next year though.

    I don't know about the evenings primrose, but don't plant too many as they seed all over the place.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 946

    Thanks B3 - I definitely pulled them out earlier this year and I think I discarded them. I should have just planted them elsewhere or into a pot.

    I would be so happy if evening primrose self seeds everywhere - I saw it at a wildlife garden recently mixed in with teasels and it looked so amazing! Really tall and pretty...

    I wonder if they are easy to grow from seed. I don't have a greenhouse...

  • I've just purchased some today on the 2 for £3 offer from Morrisons.

  • Alan Clark2Alan Clark2 Posts: 607

    Cowslips will be widely available from garden centres in Spring when they start flowering.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I wish we lived closer, wakeshine - I have a massive problem with cowslips seeding into a gravel drive!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    gravel drives make very good seed beds don't they Alina.

    I'm always pricking out from the driveimage

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Also perfect for foxgloves and bluebells, nutcutlet :D

    And cyclamen, beech, ferns, etc......

    Last edited: 18 July 2016 17:35:05

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 946

    Oh I would have had them Alina...not sure how far away you are. You can pm me if you like.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Bit late now unfortunately, wakeshine - but I'll bear you in mind next year if you still need them. I'm in t'north.

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