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Primula pot display


Thanks to their cheery flowers, which come in a wide range of colours, primulas are one of our most popular spring bedding plants. Once this display is over, plant everything out into a damp spot in the garden.
Plant it: September - early November
At its best: February - April
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

1Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the bowl, then half-fill it with compost.

2Knock the plants out of their pots and arrange them in the bowl. We planted tall drumstick primulas in white and lilac in the centre with lower-growing primroses around the outside.

3Once you're happy with the arrangement, top up the bowl with compost, firming it around the plants with your fingers.

Adam's tip

Buy primulas in individual pots, as these tend to have stronger rootballs than those grown in trays.
To keep the display going, remove the flowers after they fade and any leaves that turn yellow.

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CaeT 24/11/2011 at 15:27

When is it ok to split the primroses and primulas, how big should you let them go before splitting them?

nikki 7 18/05/2013 at 22:20

Can I propogate drumstick primulas from seed? If so, how & when do I do it? Appreciate replies to this question, as I love this type of primula. Thanks

Berghill 19/05/2013 at 08:06

Yes, and as soon as the flowers have finished is a good time to splt and repot. Size depends on how big the pot is and how crowded the plants appear to be.

All Primula seeds are best sown fresh, so as soon as you see the seed head beginning to split open then that is the time to take and sow them. Seed sowing compost, cover lightly with grit or whatever you use, keep moist and shady.

granma 19/05/2013 at 09:25

I have propergated primroses in a few weeks years ago and found that this way works.Carol Kline showed on gardeners world to take the seed pod after flowering while the seed is still green . She scraped off the sticky green seed layed it on top of a pot of damp seed compost. when I did some I  then put a very fine covering of pearlite to barely cover the green seed . I cant remember if Carol did this with hers ,but I then , like Carol put a piece of tile over the top and left it outside. I was a bit apprehensive as when I have sown primrose/primula  type seed before it has always said on the packet not to block of the light as light is needed to germinate .

BUT the seed germinated in a few weeks. It was a bit of messing about with the sticky seed but worth it !