“The bulbs are expensive.” A botanist told an amazing story about primroses in Moscow

“The bulbs are expensive.”  A botanist told an amazing story about primroses in Moscow


Spring in the capital turned out to be swift and warm – which means it’s time to go “hunting” for primroses. They are already a delight to the eye. These plants are the first to bloom, often even before they put out their leaves.

He spoke about these impatient plants, their role in nature and whether it is possible to grow primroses in your dacha botanist and senior methodologist at the Center for Environmental Education of the Palace of Pioneers Pyotr Lodygin.

Earlier then others

“Actually, there is a plant that is called just that – primrose, or primrose. But primroses are also called a whole group of plants that are the very first to bloom, before the snow has even completely melted. Often they bloom before they even have time to grow leaves!” – says Peter.

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The flowering period of primroses is short: often they manage to set buds, bloom and bloom in just a few days. And then there are two options for the development of events: in some primroses all the parts that are above the ground die off, while in others only the flowers die off, and for the entire summer season only the leaves are above the ground.

“Many plants belong to primroses: snowdrops, various types of liverworts, crocuses, various types of primroses, adonis, corydalis, some types of irises, woodland, coltsfoot – but the latter is considered a malicious weed, and in dachas and gardens it is usually not glad. And there are also primrose trees: wolf’s bast or daphne – a poisonous, but very beautiful and fragrant plant, witch hazel, and even hazel. Magnolias can also be classified as primroses!” – Peter lists.

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All these plants choose a single, but risky strategy: they bloom before everyone else, which is why they take all the attention of pollinating insects that have just woken up. However, spring weather is changeable, there are frosts at night – so primroses often run the risk of being left without ovaries. But if you want to gain a biological advantage, you have to make sacrifices!

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Elusive beauty

“As I said, primroses have a very short flowering cycle. This is also a virtue – every year the flowering of these plants is like a small miracle. But at the same time, there is a drawback – if we talk about growing primroses at their summer cottage, then those summer residents who come out of town only on weekends may simply not catch the flowering,” says Peter.

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So it’s better to try to look for primroses during the season in nature or in the capital’s green areas. In fact, there are quite a lot of them, the main thing is to look around carefully.

“I just don’t recommend marking the exact location of primroses on social networks. These plants suffer greatly from trampling – yet they still try to get closer to them to photograph them. So send the curious on their own searches,” warns the botanist.

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Floral carpet in the country

Despite the difficulties with care, it is still possible to acquire primroses in the country. But this is more suitable for those who live outside the city and are ready to invest a lot of work and money into flowers: as we have already said, flowering is fleeting, and the costs are high in all respects.

“Primrose seeds or bulbs can be quite difficult to find: they are often not available in regular nurseries or stores, so you have to look for fellow lovers of growing these plants and ask them to share. Bulbs can also be very expensive. And to get a beautiful flower meadow you need a lot of them,” says Peter.

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In addition, the bulbs need to be propagated periodically, and this is a labor-intensive process that requires effort. And primroses can simply freeze during return frosts.

“Another misfortune, which, for example, exists in our garden – crocus bulbs are eaten by mice! We, of course, try our best to protect our plants, but this is not always possible,” Lodygin added.

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Those who are not afraid of difficulties can choose snowdrops, crocuses, and some types of irises. But those gardeners who do not want to pay much attention to plant care can choose scillas, corydalis and hellebores. They do not require painstaking care, so the difficulties with them will end when they can be obtained.


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