Planting Primulas - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
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Question by TomsStuff
March 8, 1998
I recently received some Primulas (primroses) from what I had thought to be a reliable gardening company. They came as 6" woody sticks, with no planting instructions. Is this the way they should appear, and if so, how should they be planted?

Answer from NGA
March 8, 1998
The Primrose (Primula) is a diverse group of plants which are most frequently propagated by division. I suspect that your "sticks" are actually divisions which should be planted, root side down, in fairly rich, acid soil in a shaded area, and watered well. Once they have rooted and established themselves, they require little care. They will need dividing every 2-3 years. If they are left too long, and not divided, they will quit blooming. The primrose likes cool temperatures and blooms best in late winter or early spring.

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