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Why does my Primula denticulata open its flowers low down close to the ground, the stems gradually elongate but still end up only about 6ins tall?




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Is trhat just this year, Ff, or always? If just this year I would say it is because of the long winter; if regularly then lack of moisture where they are growing. Denticulata like a moist soil.

15 Apr, 2013

 

No, it's every year Bh & it's in a pot. It doesn't ever dry out & if anything I think it's been too wet. I'm wondering if it has too much light as that is what controls flower opening in most plants.I will try it in a shadier spot for next year, tho' really I like it close to the house where I can see it. Have put a photo on but it wouldn't go on the question page. Thanks for replying.

15 Apr, 2013

 

P denticulata needs a semi shady spot not full sun to do well.

15 Apr, 2013

 

I have a row of them some are shorter than others, a bit like me and my taller daughters. So you might just have a genetically shorter one. I have some in sun and shade and I dont notice any real difference.

16 Apr, 2013

 

Thanks for that Sbg. I think you are probably right. I've seen some very tall ones in the g centres so I did wonder about mine. Next year I will keep it more in the shade tho' just to see what happens.

16 Apr, 2013

 

I don't have any in pots,Feverfew.but they are all over different parts of the garden,which all get lots of sun at some point in the day.. never had a problem,or noticed any difference in flowering heights..I only have a very small shaded border,and there aren't any in that one..I'm afraid I am quite lax with the watering too..maybe it's because they are in a pot? Do you think they may need splitting after flowering ? ..just a thought..

16 Apr, 2013

 

Thankyou for your reply Mg. Actually it's looking quite pretty & not stressed in any way, just shorter than I expect it to be. I think Sbg might be right in saying that it might be in its genes.

16 Apr, 2013

 

Just enjoy and don't stress out about - remember hat plants can't read books! As gardeners some of us have this desire to have everything in seared lines or ranks - look at mother nature she just throws things about and creates the most amazing combinations! To heck with a quiet garden here and a 'hot' garden there! Just love and enjoy what happens :-)

16 Apr, 2013

 

Will do, Moongrower. :-))

17 Apr, 2013

 

Bloomer semi shade means that a plant is in full sun for part of the day, or can be...

17 Apr, 2013

 

I must be doing something right then,Mg...they have always done well..and surprisingly enough,looking good at the moment .amazing what a bit of warmth, sunshine and the occasional shower has done for the gardens this past week..:o).

17 Apr, 2013

 

Indeed plants survive far more than we think they can...

17 Apr, 2013

 

Just as a thought Feverfew you may, just may, have Primula Cashmeriana rather them P. Denticulata. We have both in our garden.

28 Apr, 2013

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