Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to Keep your Primroses until You can Plant them Outside as a Perennial

DSC_0160Primroses are beautiful houseplants in the springtime. As a full time houseplant, it is somewhat tricky to keep a primrose. But as a spring flower that you intend on planting out when the weather warms, they are simple and very rewarding to care for!

To keep you primrose blooming inside as long as possible you should keep in a cool place with bright, diffuse light. This could be an east or north facing window, also on a table in a bright room is a good place. Make sure it does not dry out completely, these are shade-loving, spring plants, meaning they really like their water! You will want to fertilize your primrose regularly to ensure it has lots of reserves for when you plant it outside. To keep your primrose looking great and blooming you should remove any “spent” flowers. Simply use your finger nail and snip of the stem of the flower as close to the base as possible.

Once your primrose ceases to produce blooms you should maintain the same care schedule. Make sure it is watered, fertilized and any dead leaves are removed. You will keep doing the same care until the weather outside improves enough to plant your primrose in the ground. A good indicator of when to plant your primrose outside is when at least 2 different kinds of bulbs have sprouted (generally the first to sprout are crocuses and grape hyacinths) and the evening temperature is steadily between 0-8 ºC.

You will want to choose a place that is out of direct, hot burning sunlight for your primroses. If you choose the correct spot you will likely see them bloom again this fall.

Happy Gardenprimrose2ing!


Keeping your Pansies Blooming All Growing Season


Keeping your Pansies Blooming All Growing Season

Pansies bloom in cooler weather. You can place your pansies outside when the nights are getting as cold as -10ºC. If you have your pansies outside when it is this cold, do not touch them until they have thawed out. If you do, you may break the stems and hurt the plant.  But your pansies will thaw, and they will grow once they warm up. We have a lot of questions about the difference between “Icicle Pansies” and “Pansies”. Icicle pansies are sold during the fall, but they are the exact same varieties that are sold in the spring, they just have a different name. So their care, their cold tolerance and their beauty are all the same!

Pansy Care

In early season it is fine to keep your pansies in full sun. You will want to fertilize them with a “Blooming Fertilizer” every 2 weeks to keep them happy and blooming. As the season warms up you will want to move your pansies to a cooler, shadier location. This will mimic the early spring and keep your pansies happy and blooming all growing season long! These pansies will be the first ones to pop up (by re-seeding) for you next spring.

Happy Gardening!