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Freshly collected Primula auricula seeds.
Minimum of 20 per packet.
Seeds are collected from specific varieties rather than mixed packets. From the drop down box you can select which Auricula group (Border, Alpines, Shows etc) you would like your seeds from. Although collected from the same variety, each seed may flower differently and show variation to the parent line. Due to open pollination we only know the pod parent, we do not know both parent lines.
How to store and sow
Store in a secure container in the fridge (not freezer) until you are ready to sow.
Germination is most successful when seeds are sown between February and April, young plants will then be strong enough to survive their first winter.
Seed trays must be kept cool and moist, do not allow them to dry out. House in a shady spot in the garden or cold frame.
Sow thinly and do not cover with compost, a light layer of vermiculite over the top is enough, or a dusting of fine compost
Seeds will germinate between approximate 10-15 degrees. No base heat is required in most cases. Don’t be tempted to cover with glass as warm temperatures will hinder germination.
Lightly fragrant. Flowers March-May. Ht. 15cm. Sp. 15cm. Well drained soil. Allow natural light in the winter and spring but shade in the hot summer, shelter from wet in the winter. Hardy.
Commonly known as Mountain Cowslips or Bear’s Ears the first species forms and natural hybrids originate from the mountain regions of central Europe. They have hybridised over the past 400 years by plant enthusiasts to create the thousands of varieties we have available today. In brief auricula plants need a well-drained compost, they dislike being over watered especially in the winter. They require shading from scorching sun in the summer but good natural daylight in the winter and early spring. Primula auriculas are hardy to cold and suffer from few pests and diseases. They can easily be propagated via division of the rosettes.
We recommend growing Auriculas in display pots rather than in the border as they can be easily swamped by other herbaceous plants.
Click here for full Auricula growing details and how and when to order.
Seeds are not covered by our plant guarantee. No refunds or replacements are made for seeds that have not germinated.
Plant Details: AURICULA Seeds
Common name: auricula
Origin: European Alps
Aspect: Part Shade
Winter grow conditions: Cold frame
Flower month: Apr, May, Jun
Flower scent: Sweetly
Foliage colour: Green
Soil type: Well drained soil
Suggested Container: Small Pots
Container Compost: Alpine
Web rating: Woottens rating 8/10
Pot Size: Alpine, Border, Double, Edge, Fancy, Self, Stripe
Sub Group: Alpine, Border, Double, Edge, Fancy, Self, Stripe
- We aim to dispatch majority of orders within 5-7 working days
- There are EXCEPTIONS during busy periods – please click here to find out about current dispatch times
- Some plants are seasonal and only dispatched at certain times of the year. Including Pelargoniums, Auriculas and Irises click here for more details
- Bareroot plants can take between 7-10 days before dispatch.
- We only send plants of optimum quality therefore your delivery may be split and plants sent to follow later. Whilst we try and keep our website up to date inevitably during busy period’s plants may sell out.
- Sometimes it is necessary to ‘cut back’ your plants for the good of the plants and to insure safe packing and arrival of your order. We only do this to herbaceous perennials that will rejuvenate stronger from the base.
- If there are any problems with your order you will contacted via email or phone to discuss the order
- Potted plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 4 working days after the order has been placed.
- Bareroot plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 10 working days after the order has been placed
- Collections can be picked up any day by appointment except Sunday.
- Please specify which date you will be collecting on in the 'order notes' box at the checkout.