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Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

Posted by debra_boston Zone 5 - Boston (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 6, 13 at 9:13

Can anyone tell me if Primula Japonica, Miller's Crimson will grow in Pacifica, CA? Pacifica is located on the coast over the hill from SFO. I grow it here in MA in a wet spot and was wondering if I could bring some seeds to a property I own there and try to start some. Here is a photo to show what it looks like alongside the pond we live on 35 miles west of Boston...

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RE: Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

Hi Debra,

I live in Southern California, so I can't really speak for the northern part of the state, but I have never even seen any of these plants in CA.

I suggest looking at the plant choices at a few California nurseries, or buying Pat Welsh's book on Southern California gardening to see some pictures of things that work well here.

Another option is to ask what people in Northern California recommend for flowering plants. Good luck!

RE: Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

ps. I love those colors together.

RE: Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

Sure you can grow primula in Pacifica. They will bloom all winter and right into summer. Pacifica has routinely cool weather with no frost, year around. When inland heats up in the summer it draws the fog into the Pacifica area from the nearby pacific ocean. Full sun plants are difficult in Pacifica. Al

RE: Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

  • Posted by socalgal USDA z10 Sunset z24, (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 8, 13 at 8:58

I only have experience with English primroses (mainly Primula x polyantha). In my zone, which has warmer winters than Pacifica, they are grown as winter-blooming annuals, although recently some of mine have survived over the summer.

RE: Primula Japonica - in Pacifica?

Thanks everyone for the comments. I appreciate it.

I also wanted Al to know I am so happy to see him here on the boards -- as you were one of the first posters I 'spoke' with many eons ago. Glad to see you are still gardening, and better yet, sharing your expertise with all of us.

I bought the seeds and I'll sow them this week!


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