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How to grow Polyanthus

How to grow Polyanthus

Learn how to grow Polyanthus with our simple detailed guide.

Ideally, polyanthus enjoy a moist, well drained garden soil that has had plenty of compost, mulch and organic material dug in. Adding one to two handfuls per square metre of a general garden fertiliser before planting will ensure you get masses of blooms. 

A side dressing of dried blood through the cooler months is recommended as well. Keep plants well watered during dry spells. If space or time is at a premium polyanthus happily grow in pots, tubs and hanging baskets making them ideal choices for a bit of colour at the back door. 

You can buy seedlings in packs or ‘potted colour’ from your local garden centre. Cell pack seedlings are easy to plant in their own root ball of potting mix. There is minimal root disturbance and they flower very soon after planting. They are great to plant in containers.   

Polyanthus do respond well to being divided. If you look at a plant which you may have bought some time ago, you may notice that there are now multiple small plants and no large ones. If you lift the small plants and give them space to grow, they will reward you with renewed vigour and flowering.

On a technical note, the Primula family comprises a number of hardy perennials including Primula veris, the cowslip, and P. vulgaris, the primrose. The polyanthus is a hybrid of these two, with characteristic whorls of primrose flowers in a huge variety of colours, carried on strong stems above a rosette of oval leaves.

Possible problems can be slugs on leaves, grey mould and leaf spot on older plants. Aphids may appear in spring on soft new growth and shoots.

Although polyanthus are perennials, new fresh seedling can be planted each autumn as there are always new exciting colours to choose from.

For modern plantings choose one or two contrasting colours and mass plant. White, red or blue colours contrast nicely. If you like the patch work look, go for gold and plant a tapestry of colours.

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