Now is the time to be sowing the seeds for next year's plants. Soak your pots of compost by standing them in water before sowing the tiny seeds on top. Do not cover the seeds as they need plenty of light to germinate. Place a pane of glass over the top or put them inside a plastic bag to retain moisture then leave then in a warm light place. They can be slow so be patient! Transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they are 5 cm tall. They will be ready to bloom next spring.
Alternatively you can increase your stock by taking root cuttings (winter, when the plant is dormant, is the best time for this) or now, by removing a leaf with an incipient bud and growing it on - click here for the instructions from the Primula World site.
Dead head regularly to prolong flowering and divide every three years (after flowering) to encourage healthy growth.
|Richard Earlom - Thornton Auricula|
I tend to take these plants for granted. I realise a lot of time and effort has gone into producing the different colours and varieties but I didn't realise that primula plant hunters had actually died! Here is a short extract about plant hunters from the National Auticula and Primula Society website
|... a host of golden ... cowslips!|