Strong stems holding tiered whorls of deep red to mauve flowers arise from vigorous rosettes of tooth-edged leaves. A small proportion will be of the lovely shell-pink 'Bartley's Strain'. This lovely plant from China is one of the easiest of the taller ones to keep happy and will be long-lived in most gardens. It can be distinguished from other candelabra types by the fine powder on its stems, Hence the name "Pulverulenta" "pulverized" into fine powder.
Primula seeds may be sown in good light conditions at any time onto a loam-based compost, barely cover so that around 50% are still visible. We never use artificial heat as cold and natural day to day fluctuations can help germination, and best temperatures are usually between 10 and 15 degrees C. (e.g. a cool greenhouse or northerly window sill) PLEASE NOTE: Temperatures exceeding 15 C can prevent germination, and above 20 C expect very little germination as seeds often go dormant as a protective measure. Germination takes between 3 to 6 weeks, sometimes taking much longer.
Seeds / gram:1500 (Approx)