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Primula and raunculus window box


This combination of ranunculus, candleabra primulas and violas makes a pretty spring container display. The flowers are the perfect size for a windowsill or porch so you can enjoy them from the comfort and warmth of indoors. There are many different shades to choose from and, being perennial, the primulas can be planted out later into a moist, neutral-to-acid soil for next year. And don’t worry if you can’t find the exact varieties we used – just pick what’s looking good.

Plant it: March - April
At its best: March - June
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding crocks


Place a layer of crocks in the base of the window box to help with drainage.

Adding compost


Fill the window box two-thirds full with compost and tap it down to get rid of any air pockets in the corners.

Planting primula


Plant the primula and ranunculus in the middle, and violas in the gaps, for an even mix of colour. Water well, allow to drain and move the window box to its final position.

Our tip

To keep the ranunculus flowering for up to two months, deadhead spent blooms regularly and feed weekly with a high potash fertiliser such as tomato feed.

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