Polyanthus Primrose Flower

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Polyanthus primrose flower

Polyanthus plants, sometimes known as primrose, are a spring plant that offers blooms in a rainbow of colors. There is a difference between a Polyanthus and a Primrose. A primrose has one flower on a stalk, but a polyanthus has many.

The Polyanthus is named Primula from the Latin primus meaning first, because they are the first flowers to appear in Spring.

Polyanthus flowers come in a wide variety of colors and shades. They are often admired for their bright multi colored petals and ability to brighten up any garden.

Most gardens are designed for sunny locations.  You can always grow Polyanthus Pimrose in a shady spot. Polyanthus must be grown in cooler weather. Polyanthus thrive in nighttime temperature from 50 to 60 degrees F, and daytime temperatures that remain under 85 degrees F.

Although polyanthus is a perennial, many gardeners treat it as an annual and remove the plants from the garden after the blooming season to make room for summer blooming plants.  Established polyanthus plants can be divided and replanted after blooming if planted in a shaded area to avoid summer heat.

The polyanthus primrose produces a stemless rosette of fresh green, tongue-shaped leaves. Short flower stalks arise from the center of the rosette, each bearing a cluster of 1 to 2 inch flowers in a wide variety of colors. They can be blue, purple, pink, red, yellow, or white and often with a contrasting central eye. The flower stalks can be up to 1 foot in height, but dwarf varieties, with stalks so short they barely rise above the leaves, are currently more popular. Moderately easy to care for. Plant in cool, moist, humus-rich soil in light to moderate shade. Divide them every three to four years to maintain vigor.

The polyanthus does not work well on dry sandy soils or in hot arid situations. It is a flower of the valleys, and loves comfort. Cold is not so harmful to it as heat. When the plant is tried by drought or heat it should be aided by shading and systematic watering.

Polyanthus can be grown from seed, but the germination time is four to eight weeks, and it will be several months before the plant will bloom.

In very cold regions vibrant-colored blossoms would bring cheer to cold winter days by growing polyanthus indoors. As long as the plant has bright light, not direct sunlight, is kept in a cool spot away from heat sources, and you keep the soil evenly moist but avoid water logging the roots, a polyanthus plant will do fine inside. After the frost, move the plant outdoors in its original container, or transplant it to a new container, or into the ground.

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