Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’
GIANT COWSLIPS MIX
Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ are a mix of all the most beautiful colours of the superbly scented Giant Cowslips.
Bewitching nutmeg honey scent
Primula florindae are loved as the most fragrant of all the Primula.
With a wonderful nutmeg and honey scent that wafts through the air.
The true species is normally just yellow, but the ‘Keillour Hybrids’ ramp up the colour while retaining all the wonderful scent.
Mix of the most beautiful colours of Giant Cowslips
‘Keillour Hybrids’ produce plants with a gorgeous range of colours from deep scarlet red, through terracotta, rust, copper, to primrose yellow shades.
All are borne in candelabra shaped spires of nodding bells in large loose heads on tall stems.
Later blooming & continue the season of Candelabra Primula
Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ are later blooming than most other Candelabra style Primula.
So they extend the Candelabra season with the wow factor of both exceptional colour and perfume.
Excellent florist’s flowers for cutting
The tall, upright flower stems appear later in summer and they are excellent florist’s flowers for cutting.
And a vase of Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ scents the room with exotic spice.
Striking in a shaded spot
Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ appreciate a site that remains moist, and in the Shade or Dappled Light during the day.
Where their rich colours shine and their tall spires light up.
So they are terrific at the waterside, or in a wet, boggy, shaded spot.
Though they do not like to have their crowns completely submerged in a pond like some other Candelabra Primula.
‘Keillour Hybrids’ are particularly happy in a woodland setting snuggled amongst fallen leaves, and thrive in a fernery or in a pot on the shaded verandah.
Some of the easiest & hardiest to grow of all the Candelabra Primula
Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ are amongst the easiest and quickest of all the marvellous Candelabra Primula to raise from seed and grow in the garden.
And their tall stature and large flower heads really do earn them the common name of Giant Cowslips.
They are born to impress.
Long lived & self-seeds to form impressive colonies
If given their preferred growing conditions, Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ are long lived perennial plants. And will also self seed to create a breathtakingly beautiful colony to see and sniff for years.
Free from rabbit & deer pests
They are completely frost hardy, virtually pest and disease free, and best of all deer and rabbits leave them alone. Because they don’t like the flavour.
90-120cm. approx. High with Candelabras of glowing colour and spicy scent x 30-40 cm. approx. Wide neat foliage rosette.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow seeds of Primula florindae ‘Keillour Hybrids’ indoors in winter, spring or autumn / or scatter outdoors in winter or early spring.
(Sowing Tip: Primula seeds are very fine and tiny. So pop a little fine sieved mix or sand into the bag containing the seed, shake around to collect the seed, and then sow the whole contents of the bag).
First scatter the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now gently pat the surface to ensure the seeds have good contact with the the mix.
And only lightly cover with mix so the seeds are still partly showing.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
And thoroughly moisten the punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate through to the surface of the mix from below.
Then place the sown, moist punnet in a well lit position (with good light but absolutely no direct sunlight).
And continue to keep consistently moist by misting regularly with a spray water bottle.
Covering with a plastic lid or plastic bag will also help to maintain consistent moisture.
Primula florindae seed like consistent moisture and resent drying out.
Keep seedlings cool
Temperatures of 13-15°C. are best for optimum and rapid germination.
Excessive heat may restrict or halt germination and cause the seeds to go into dormancy.
So it is best to sow when it is unlikely that daytime temperatures will not exceed 20C.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 30-40 days.
However if the seeds are shy to germinate – Then break their dormancy by giving them a “pretend winter”.
So cling wrap the moist sown punnet and place in the fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then remove, unwrap and return to well-lit position at 13-15°C. and continue to keep moist.
Prick out and grow on in a cool spot.
Seed Count: 10 seeds per pack.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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