Hi, I have just bought 4 primrose plants that were reduced but still look in good nick. How long do they flower for and are they perenial ?
Yes, they're perennial
They're spring flowering ... usually slowing down and stopping as the warm weather arrives ... then sometimes they start again in the autumn but most wait until early spring, depending on the weather that year.
You can lift and divide your primroses/primulas to increase their number - this video shows you how
Primroses are pretty tough, whether they're our native ones or the bright, polyanthus types. I'm assuming that might be what you have?
They mostly flower at this time of year, but it depends where you are in the country and what your conditions are like. They can flower off and on for a lot of the year if they're happy
Yes - perennial, and will also seed around. Congested clumps can be split too.
Thanks Dove fromabove and fairy girl, yes they are the bright ones, never planted primrose so thought i would give them a go .
They grow like mad and are great for a bit of colour when it can sometimes be a dreary time of year.
I bought a little tray of yellow ones when I moved into this house four years ago, just for a bit of brightness, as the garden was non existent. They were fifty pence a tray or thereabouts. Still flowering and seeding around with their bright little faces
I took a bold step of splitting up loads of choked primroses two years ago. They were getting out of hand and were really big but not looking that great so I just dug them up, put them in a big tray and gradually cut them into two or three with an old knife. I then planted them around the garden but had to leave some in the tray as I ran out of time. They stayed there for weeks, getting variously dried out or waterlogged before I got round to planting the rest.
They didn't mind in the least and they rewarded me with a good show of flowers at a dull time of year
This year there is so much colour across the garden, even from those primroses I thought had died back, and I even relocated a few of them again today to fill a half-empty border that I had just weeded.
I'd say just go for it and you will have a lovely show of pinks, reds, yellows and purples and they will make you smile. I'm in Aberdeenshire so it's really nice to have that much colour at this time of year, even more so when you think most of the 'additional' plants cost me nothing, just a bit of time and an old kitchen knife!
I love them but find they dont do well for me here, i have to buy new every year if i want cheerfulness. I think they dry out, too dry on a south facing slope.
These are some of the divided and replanted primroses
I saw some Primula bulleyana in the garden centre today. Regret not picking some up. They looked so lovely.