Plant Care Common Primrose

Common Primrose

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Common Primrose has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Common Primrose has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Common Primrose

Primrose is an herbaceous perennial that has fragrant, showy pale yellow to cream-colored flowers. It prefers cool summers and will need protection from the hot afternoon sun in the southeast. Primroses can be used along ponds or streams, in woodland gardens, borders or in containers.


Primula vulgaris

How to care for Common Primrose


How often to water your Common Primrose

Water needs for Common Primrose
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Primrose needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Primrose

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Primrose in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Primrose: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Common Primrose may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Common Primrose

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Primrose: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Primrose after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Primrose is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Common Primrose

Common Primrose

Common Primrose

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Primrose has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Common Primrose has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Common Primrose has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Common Primrose has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Common Primrose has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Common Primrose has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@BrandyLVSplants avatar
leaf-1 93 Plants
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Not sure yet...may have come with spider mites, so that’s annoying 😖

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Eliz avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 708 XP
globe London, England

Hella difficult to bring it back to its beauty once you lose the track of it ..

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leaf-1 27 Plants
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Needs lots of water and will tell you. Comes back from wilt within hours of being watered

Survivor Survivor

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