Primula Primrose - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, Mi
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Question by pbmelchisede
January 21, 2011
I bought a Primrose to add some light to winter. I usually buy one or two and then plant them in Spring. This one I brought to work and it's leaves are laying down. Not sure if too much light or ??? I don't think it's a water issue. Could it be a root problem? It's in full boom.

Answer from NGA
January 21, 2011
It's really difficult to diagnose a plant problem without actually seeing it so I can only offer some educated guesses based on my own observations over years of growing primroses. The most common causes of leaves lying flat are watering issues and heat. If the soil becomes too dry the cells within the tissues of the leaves can be damaged and even though you are watering properly now, the leaf tissues may not be able to take up the water and stand up as they should. While they may never recover, the new leaves the plant develops should be fine and should act normally. Eventually the older leaves will turn brown and you can prune them off the plant. Excessive heat might also cause the leaf distress. Primroses prefer growing when the weather is cool. Indoor temperatures, even in average household or office space temperatures, can be too high for a primrose. Try to find a bright spot but one that is protected from heat vents, heat from office equipment, etc. and you may see your primrose perk up. I hope so!

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