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Primulas (Primula malacoides) are favourite winter flowering annuals. They have delicate candelabra-like pink, white or mauve flowers that sit above the lovely green ruffled foliage of the plant below. Great for adding a soft touch to the winter garden. 


How to grow primulas in your garden

From Seed:

  1. As seeds are very fine, carefully and thinly spread the seeds into trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix. Gently press down and lightly water with a fine mist spray.
  2. Keep trays in a warm place and retain moisture by covering with glass or plastic cling wrap.
  3. While the seeds are germinating, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part-shade with well drained soil and dig in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting.
  4. Transplant seedlings when they are large enough to handle into your prepared garden bed, ensure the seedlings are well spaced – at least 15cm apart. Water in well.
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  6. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Established plants:

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part-shade with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

     
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How to grow primulas in a pot

From seed:

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Sow the seeds directly into the pot by pressing them lightly into the mix and water well. Keep pot in a warm place and retain moisture by covering with glass or plastic cling wrap.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

 

Established plants:

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 
  3. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. 

Yates varieties

Primula Fairy Primrose

Dainty flowers sit on top of slender stems that rise from compact clumps of ruffled foliage.


Growing tips

  • Remove spent blooms to encourage further flowering.
  • Plants will grow in full sun, however, you will get a more intense flower colour when grown in part shade.

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