How to Propagate Primroses

Updated February 21, 2017

The English primrose or Primula Vulgaris is a wild flower that blooms in early spring usually being the first flower to bloom on the Western and southern European countryside. The name primrose comes from the the Latin "Prima Rosa", meaning "first rose" and currently is considered a protected species, with laws in place in Europe banning picking or cutting the flowers. The primrose is a beautiful addition to any speciality garden, and with a few basic tips anybody can propagate his own primroses to optimum growth.

Determine the area that you wish to plant your primroses in. The primrose grows better in areas with partial or full sunlight and in a cool and temperate climate. You can grow them indoors under these conditions as well.

Mix in leaf mould with the soil prior to planting the seeds as a fertiliser then lightly water the area. This will give the primroses an added boost of nutrients while they begin to grow.

Ensure that you plant primrose seeds early in the growing season (late winter) and cover the area lightly with soil then water again briefly. Do not pack the soil or water too heavy or the primroses will not bud properly.

Plant primrose seeds directly in your garden or in the area that you wish them to grow at a spacing of 12 to 15 inches apart. Primrose seeds are not good for transplanting and are vulnerable to shock in the germination phase. Rolling hillsides or wide expanses of lawn are great places to plant primroses to give a beautiful ground cover

Add leaf mould periodically throughout the year as a mulching agent. This will help to fertilise the plants under conditions that may cause stress throughout its life cycle like heavy rains or drought.

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