Primula Belarina Valentine Description
Primula Belarina® Valentine is a delightful shade groundcover, and part of a new series of Primula offering extra hardiness, vigor, and a new and exciting range of long flowering FRAGRANT double flowers.
Primula, a shade perennial, has been a popular garden flower for centuries. The name Primula ('dear little first one') probably derives from the fact the the common primose blooms extremely early in the year; and what a welcome sight it is!
Primula Belarina® is a true perennial primula with good garden vigor blooming in late winter and early spring.
Valentine produces clusters of deep red, fully double FRAGRANT flowers surrounded by a collar of lettuce like green foliage. Growing to 8"" tall, they prefer a rich, moist soil in shade to part shade.
Many of the single types on the market today are inferior seed strain varieties that lack the hardiness of the Belarina® strain. The double flowering forms almost became extinct at one time, but thanks for the miracles of modern day cloning, we can once again relish their beauty, fragrance and vibrant colors!
Primulas add a refreshing color and unique beauty to late winter containers & planters which are often dull & dreary at that time.
Special Features: Blooms First Year, Deer Resistant, Disease Resistant, Easy Care, Fragrance, Moisture Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Winter Interest
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Primula Belarina Valentine
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- Zone: 4,5,6,7,8
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- Height x Width:
8" x 12"
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- Bloom Season:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Container Gardening, Cottage Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Ornamental, Woodland
- Cannot Ship to:
AK,CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:PPAF
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Soil: Organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained, slightly acid (Ph 6.5) loams. Mixing peat with soil in 50/50 measure to prepare the planting site will help hold more moisture and make the soil more acidic. Oak leaves or pine needles can also help make the soil more acidic and compost can help increase soil nutrient levels. Soil tests can reveal a neutral or alkaline pH, indicating the need to raise the acid level.
Light: Partial shade to shade -- Primula will benefit from dappled sun exposure, and afternoon shade in hot summers.
Water: Plants will go dormant in hot, dry summer weather unless they are kept well-watered. Mulching will help the soil retain moisture.
Spacing: 12 inches
Fertilizing: Mulch with compost, or scatter and water in slow release 4-12-4 fertilizer in spring.
Winterizing: Primroses benefit from protective insulation such as snow cover in the late winter months so they are not lost to late hard freezes.
Maintenance & Pruning: Older clumps can be divided into several pieces that re-establish themselves quickly; the best time to divide a plant is after blooming, or in fall, though Primulas are quite tolerant of being transplanted, even when they are in bloom. Be sure to replant crowns just at or slightly above soil surface, about 12 inches apart.
ReviewsWrite a reviewPrimrosesSandra E | Apr 20, 2015I just wanted to email to tell you how happy I am (thrilled really) with the primula bellarina primrose I purchased! These are the largest, healthiest and robust plants I have ever ordered through the mail. In fact, these plants are larger than those I can purchase at my local nursery. I am totally happy with my new plants and I will be a future customer. Thank you very much.