How to Transplant Primroses

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Primroses belong to a large family of flowering plants that grow all over North and South America, Europe and Asia. And while they thrive in the right climate, they are notoriously difficult to germinate and even tougher to transplant. In fact, most horticulturalists recommend avoiding transplanting them if at all possible. However, if you are moving or your primroses have outgrown their pot, this article contains instructions on how to transplant temperamental primroses into your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat pellets
  • Transplant or high-quality liquid fertilizer

How to Transplant Primroses

  • Determine the best time to transplant your primroses. If you have just bought a young plant (which have a better transplant success rate), you should wait until early spring to transplant it into your garden. If you have a more mature plant, it should be transplanted right after it has finished blooming.

  • Find the perfect spot. Primroses need cool temperatures, partial shade and rich humus soil to thrive. This is especially true for transplanted primroses, which will be quite vulnerable for a few weeks.

  • Prepare the primroses for transplanting. For several days before you plan to transplant, fertilize your primroses with a liquid fertilizer specifically designed for transplanted plants. (If you cannot find this, any quality fertilizer will do.)

  • Prepare the peat pellets. Simply submerge the dry peat pellets in water. Make sure to keep the water level above the height of the peat pellet as it expands. When it has fully expanded, remove it and set it aside until you are ready to use it.

  • Prepare the planting area. Dig the appropriate number of holes. Make sure to allow enough space for the existing root system plus two to three inches. Drop in one peat pellet per hole. Then water the hole with the same fertilizer that you used in step 3. The soil should be moist but not soupy.

  • Plant the primroses so that their crowns are even with the soil level. Multiple plants should be planted at least six inches apart. Fill in any spaces with the soil you have left over from the holes by packing it in gently but firmly. Water the plant with the fertilized water again, but be sure not to over-water.

  • Continue to water your transplanted primroses daily, with the liquid fertilizer, for three weeks.

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