I hope you had a lovely weekend. This week, I’m starting off with a brand new blog post series. Each month, I’ll be featuring a Houseplant of the Month and for February, it’s the turn of the Primula!
Primula obconica, which is the name of the particular variety in these images, reminds me so much of the dainty pale yellow primroses in the hedgerows in Devon, where I grew up. And when our visits to the South West coincide with ‘primrose season’, it’s such a joy to see them growing in the wild. These particular outdoor primroses are called Primula vulgaris, whereas Primula obconica are suitable for both indoors and outdoors.
A member of the Primulaceae family, Primula obconica was first introduced to Britain from China in 1880. The name Primula is from the Latin ‘primus’ which means first, a reference to the fact that these are often the first flowers to appear in the spring.
You’ll find them in a range of hues including red-white, blue-white, white, pink, dark orange, red, purple and burgundy…all with green centres. They’re the perfect way to add a real pop of colour to your home!
I love the pretty pink and coral varieties immediately below…
With regards to looking after your Primulas, place them in a cool and light position away from direct sunlight. Keep the compost moist at all times. And if the flowers and leaves start to wilt, it’s a sign that the plant needs to be watered. By removing any faded flowers, you’ll encourage new ones to grow. And once the plant has finished flowering, you can plant it outdoors.
So, do look out for this popular houseplant the next time you’re out and about. And why not bring one home to enjoy for yourself or perhaps buy as a gift for someone?
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)