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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 25, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Here are three primrose I got for $1.18.



I understand that most people grab them as annuals and throw them away after they stop flowering. But surely there is a way to keep them alive indoors? Has anybody here practice this? I am interested in attempting it after the flowering is over.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 25, 2017 9:24 AM CST
The only ones I've managed to keep alive are the ones I planted in the garden. They seem to have a tendency to rot in pots. (Or maybe that's just my magic touch. Rolling my eyes. )
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 26, 2017 2:57 AM CST
Hmm. Mine are rather moist. I was told by a friend who grows them that they SHOULD be moist, but it goes against everything in me to keep them moist. I wonder what would happen if I let them dry out more like all the other plants...
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woofie
Jan 26, 2017 9:32 AM CST
You ARE planning on repotting them aren't you? My experience has been that leaving them in those original pots is the kiss of death. But, I don't know how fond they are of having their roots messed with. Hopefully, someone with more knowledge/experience will stop by.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 26, 2017 9:56 PM CST
I had planned to after they stop flowering.

For some reason I figured it'd be bad for them to be repotted in the middle of flowering. Should I do now it anyway?
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plantmanager
Jan 26, 2017 9:59 PM CST
I've always wondered the same thing. I have repotted mine after they quit blooming, but they've always died on me whether they were indoors our outdoors. I'd love to know the trick of saving them to rebloom.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 26, 2017 10:04 PM CST
I will do it anyway after I get home tomorrow and see what happens. I'll let you know! lol
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woofie
Jan 27, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Good luck with them. They're awfully pretty. Crossing Fingers!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 27, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Jai, the only person I've known who was able to keep primrose going year to year was my mother who lived in Vancouver, BC. The climate there is cool and wet (like Seattle, y'know?) so when she would get those primrose at the grocery store in the early spring, she would keep them in the kitchen window until they finished blooming then plant them outside in March, in a fairly shady spot and keep them well watered through the summer. Eventually she had a whole flower bed full of those great little primrose. They're well suited to that climate.

I'm pretty sure they wouldn't survive a winter in Pennsylvania though. So if you re-pot when the blooms are done, keep them cool and moist indoors until it's above freezing at night, then summer them outside in your coolest shady spot where they'll get regular water, they might survive. I think they are tender perennials, so they might need a dormant period in the fall but don't leave the pots outside all winter. Let them stay out until the leaves die back from the cold. Bring them in once it's below freezing at night, keep them dryish and cool then bring them out of dormancy in January and once they're growing again put them in a window with maybe some morning sun to stimulate bloom.

They really are such a joy in the dull days of January aren't they? But . . well frankly for a $1.18 plant that's a lot of trouble to go through with no guarantee they will survive or bloom again.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2017 10:42 AM CST
So I repotted them all. Before hand I took off most of the flowers though because I figure for right now after being repotted they might want to concentrate on root development.

Before (the pots were so small that above you couldn't see them very well):

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After (I think they actually look worse, but hopefully they will fill out the extra space soon):


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Leftwood
Jan 28, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Primula require a cold dormant period to reflower. It is certainly not to cold in zone 6 for them to survive outside through the winter. In fact the challenge will be to keep them happy in the heat of the summer. If you plant them outside, put them where they will get full shade in the summer. (They can get sun in the spring.) here in zone 4, they survive our winters about half of the time.

In a pot, they do need more moisture than most houseplants.

Primula have an interesting "sex" life. Your first two plants produce pin flowers (the pistil rises above the stamens), the third has thrum flowers (the stamens are above the pistil).

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