The Q&A Archives: Dying Primrose?

Question: My primrose that I planted about a month ago appear to be dying and I don't know what to do for them. I have moved them to get more sun and have decreased watering from every day to every other day. The leaves all turned red and fell off and it buds but the buds die before they bloom. Can they be saved? What can I do?

Answer: I'm not sure why the leaves are turning red on your primrose. They can do that in the fall when the weather gets cool but I wouldn't expect them to do that in the middle of summer! It might be that there is a soil problem or a nutrient lacking and your plants need to be fed, but without seeing the plant it is difficult to diagnose. In general, they like well draining soils and should be watered when the top of the soil dries out. A deep watering is better than a short sprinkling so apply enough water to wet the entire root mass when you water. Sometimes it takes landscape plants several weeks to adjust after being moved. It could be that your primrose is still trying to adapt to its new place in your garden. All I can suggest is that you water once or twice a week and wait for your primrose to perk up. Hope it does - soon!

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