Primrose


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Primrose
Common Name: Primrose
Botanical Name: Primula spp. (PRIM-u-la)
Decorative Life: 2-4 weeks or more, depending on use in the garden or indoors.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide should be avoided as severe leaf damage can result.
Harvest Instructions: With P. vulgaris 'Dania Skarlagen', unknown production factors induced from 8 to 100% plant and flower collapse. One possible cause for this collapse is fungus gnat larvae.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Primulaceae (primrose family).
  • Depends on species, from China to New Hampshire.
  • Common relatives include cyclamen, shooting-star and loosestrife.
Personality:
  • Genus classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are rounded 1-2 inches across, in various forms of clusters held above foliage.
  • Leaves usually form a clump, often lighter green in color.
  • Many species and cultivars have significant fragrance.
Availability: Year-round but mostly in spring.
Flower Color: Many including pink, blue, white, yellow.
Storage Specifics: Holding plants at 55F produce much better results than holding them at 68F.
Tidbits:
  • One species grown as a potted plant is P. obconica, also known as Poison or German Primrose. Indeed, some people are allergic to its leaves resulting in skin rash and itching.
  • The name Primula is a diminutive of "primus", referring to its early blooming. One species, P. veris, means first of the spring, in reference to its flowering.
  • The commonly grown P. obconia has been shown to cause contact dermatitis related problems with some individuals.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. One favorite cultivar of P. acaulis and its respective flower colors include 'Pageant' (many bright colors).