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Problems with Cultivation and Identification: PRIMULA ID?

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Started by: Geoffrey Alderton

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Contribution from Geoffrey Alderton 06 May 2013, 16:00top / bottom of page

Hi all. I purchaced a piece of Tufa in 2004 to fill a space in my small Tufa bed. I jet blasted the piece prior to placing in the bed. several weeks past before I noticed a tiny mealy growth on the top face. It was obviously in the tufa before I got it. Over the years it has grown into a tiny jewel of a plant and this year is the best it's been. I have placed a 1p coin next to it to give an idea of the small size. I think I am lucky not to have jet blasted the plant out of the Tufa or put the Tufa any other way up.

Pictures of the primula

Hope the pictures post ok

Pictures of the primula

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Contribution from Geoffrey Alderton 08 May 2013, 09:55top / bottom of page

Hi again.

Picture 3 showing the leaf

Contribution from Jim McGregor 13 May 2013, 12:52top / bottom of page

Hi Geoffrey

It looks like Primula farinosa, or one of its close relatives P. frondosa or P. algida.

Contribution from Geoffrey Alderton 19 May 2013, 12:36top / bottom of page

Hi Jim.

Apologies for the late reply and thank you for your reply to my question.I thought my plant could be Primula hirsuta going on the leaves being rounded and toothed on the ends. What do you think?

Regards Geoff.

Contribution from Margaret Young 20 May 2013, 19:53top / bottom of page

Not P. hirsuta - see http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/image_files/onlineshow/sizedPrimula%20hirsuta13554.jpg for photo of that plant.

The foliage of yours is too farinose for hirsuta.

Contribution from Geoffrey Alderton 01 June 2013, 11:07top / bottom of page
farinosa type not hirsuta

Hi Margaret

You are correct my plant is covered in meal.

As you and Jim point out its a farinosa. Thahk you for your clarification.

Regards Geoff.

Contribution from Margaret Young 02 June 2013, 18:11top / bottom of page

I hope it continues to grow well in the tufa, Geoffrey - it looks very good there.



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