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Q.Why Won’t My Primrose Flowers Open?

posskat added on February 9, 2011 | Answered

I just got a handful of those primrose plants that are available this time of year and brought them home. They were a bit dry, so i watered them thoroughly and have kept them damp. Of the five plants Ii bought (they had partially opened flowers when I purchased them), only one has properly opened up. The other four have lots of flowers, but they won’t open and they are on their way out. It’s been a week now and I just don’t get it.  I get these flowers every year and never had a problem like this. Any ideas?

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Answered on February 9, 2011

I am not certain, but I would suspect that the humidity is too low. Low humidity can cause this in other kinds of plants, so I would think it would be a factor here. Is your house drier this year than it has been in year's past? If you have had unusually cold weather where you are, your heater may be drying the air out more than it has in past years.

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Answered on February 9, 2011

yes, it has been drier; colder weather, so the woodstove goes a lot; keep a pot of water on it to add moisture, but it must not be enough. thanks!

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