Primula, Primroses and Polyanthus

‘Kinlough Beauty’ is an exceptionally hardy Primrose from the Primula family. . To maintain vigour divide ‘Kinlough Beauty’ every couple of years or so after blooming. This is when your free plants arise. I have just got nine new healthy plants from one clump. Other primroses can be divided in a similar manner.

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Gardeners Tips

To divide a primrose separate new crowns with some roots from the old root. Pull apart or prise loose with two forks back to back.

Alternatively take divisions with a trowel whilst plants are still in the ground for more reliable performance.

Do not split into too many divisions as they take longer to establish.

Plant firmly in soil and keep moist as new roots are established.

Kinlough Beauty is a hardy evergreen or semi-evergreen Juliana cultivar with deep green, oval leaves 6 inches long. Plants produce loose clusters of wine red to rose-pink yellow eyed flowers held above a mound of foliage.

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Plant labeling of primrose family can be a bit hit and miss.

Book CoverKinlough Beauty tolerates full sun in a cool summer but prefers moist shade.

It is easy to grow and puts on a good show in the spring garden.

Kinlough Beauty combines well with other shade-loving plants such as Hostas.

Most primroses are also suitable for an herbaceous, mixed border, bog garden or rock garden.

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Buy one get one free as a Hose-in-hose primrose. They have two sets of flower petals the second growing from the center of the first. Best viewed from the side to get the effect the You and Me Series are available from seed.

If you need to buy new stock of Primula seeds try Thompson & Morgan

Primulas are on sale now having being forced in grenhouses to flower before Christmas. For a splash of colour they can cheer up a porch or balcony. Indoors they last as long as a bunch of flowers and can be put in the garden after flowering.

Spring is the best time to take advantage of the bright colours now available amongst the Primrose family. The crinkled greens leaves have a good texture when young and fresh and don’t attract too many slugs in the cold weather.

If growing from seed I would select a single colour perhaps one of the Wand series that has a purple tinge to the leaves. The low versatile plants are good in rockeries, borders or pots.

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Polyanthus are a form of primula that flowers on a stem. Primulas are the flowers with rosettes of flowers from very short stems.

More Primula seeds from Thompson & Morgan

Special Primroses

  • Double flowers where stamen and anthers, pistils na ovaries are all converted into petals.
  • Jack-in-the-green where the sepals become leafy forming a green collar.
  • Jackanapes is a combination of floral and leafy tissue.
  • Hybrid primulas in the alpine house aremake a specialist collectors hobby. Like P. allionii

2 Responses to Primula, Primroses and Polyanthus

  1. V Clarke April 18, 2009 at 16.03 #

    Had a beautiful pot of Polyanthus yesterday.This morning all the flowers had been bitten off but not eaten. What evil beastie would do such a thing?

  2. admin April 18, 2009 at 16.03 #

    We are troubled with Rabbits at the moment but they eat the evidence. Birds go for yellow crocus so they may have an appetite for your Polyanthus as well.

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