Primula vulgaris - Primrose – Future Forests
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Primula vulgaris - Primrose

Product description

Primrose (Sabhaircín)

One of the earliest flowers to chase away the winter gloom. Folklore tells us to "Guard the house with a string of primroses on the first three days of May. The fairies are said not to be able to pass over or under this string". Traditionally a herald of spring and forthcoming summer, gathered on May Eve, nowadays a protected native species - it is forbidden to pick it from the wild. Luckily it is popular as a staple of cottage garden plantings for its sweetly scented pale yellow flowers from a clump of tongue-shaped leaves from as early as March to May, as well as its edibility- flowers and leaves will brighten up any salad and it makes a lovely tea. Good pollinator plant and quite deservedly holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Moist but well-drained
Position: Full sun to part shade
Season of Interest: Perennial, yellow flowers March-May, edible flowers and leaves, pollinator plant. Protected species
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 3in (0.1m) Spread: 3in (0.1m)

Type | Size
€3.00

Pot | 9cm

QuantityPrice Each
0 - 9 €3.00
10 - 49 €2.80
50 + €2.50

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Potted plants

9cm pots

A 9cm pot is about the size of a takeaway coffee mug, it is an ideal size for planting Herbs, Alpines & Heathers. We supply some young Trees, Conifers & Shrubs in 9cm pots for cost effective planting, they will just require a little extra care in the first year or two, mainly making sure they don’t get swamped by weeds.

1.3L pots

A good size for Hedging as the plants are not too small but are still good value, we supply some unusual shrubs in this size too.

2L pots

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3L pots

A lot of our more unusual Shrubs and some trees are available in this size.

4L, 5L and 7.5L pots

Many trees and more unusual Shrubs are available in these larger sizes, good for a more instant effect.

10L Pots

This size is mainly for ornamental Trees.

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1-2ft Bareroot

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2-3ft Bareroot

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3-4ft Bareroot

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4-5ft Bareroot

This size is the best choice for hedging when an instant effect is desired or to get tree whips off to a head start, they will need a larger hole for planting and they will need to be checked that they are not getting loose in the ground from time to time after planting. This size is more likely to get battered by the weather, so in very exposed areas it may be best to plant in March after the worst of the winter has passed. This tree grade may require staking.

 

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