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mark smyth

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Primula forbesii
« on: June 30, 2007, 08:45:46 PM »
I bought Primula forbesii in a nursery in Ireland but they didnt know how and where to grow it. Can someone tell me please. Stunning just now
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2007, 10:30:45 PM »
Mark, Primula Forbesii is from Yunnan and grows in Marshes,canal edges, and uncultivated  rice paddy fields, so would need damp conditions.
Are you sure you have the real thing because it flowers from November until February.

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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007, 12:40:59 AM »
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007, 12:46:50 AM »
well there goes the idea of planting it with Hostas in a trough. I'm currently planting three troughs with miniature Hostas, Hepaticas, Anemonellas and ..... just now I cant think of other small plants that will cope the no direct sun until midday at this time of year and again in late evening. What do you suggest?
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2007, 12:40:20 AM »
I don't know it at all but it looks like it could be related to P. malacoides. However, the Tod Boland pictures say it comes from NW Argentina! According to Richards' book, the only South American primula is P. magellanica. Is this a very recent discovery?
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2007, 12:44:10 AM »
Re your trough Mark, how about soldanellas, houstonias, some other tiny primulas such as reidii or petiolaris? All these would be finished their flowering by the time the hostas really came into much growth. Then you could try a cyananthus or two for later, autumn flowers.
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2007, 08:30:33 AM »
I find Erythronium also to go nicely with Hostas - they're gone when the Hostas come up.  As would a lot of other bulbs to I guess.
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2007, 10:15:53 PM »
I thought about erys but wondered if the troughs would be deep enough. Try Hacquetia epipactis, Scoliopus bigelovii, Iris winogradowii and `Katharine Hodgkin,' the littlest scillas etc. You'll need bigger troughs :D
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 12:23:24 AM »
The troughs are quite small. I'll measure them tomorrow. Some good ideas there but I wont be putting too many bulbs in. Wee ones maybe. I have already selected Hepaticas
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2007, 01:09:22 AM »
Maybe you could use some of the small Thalictrums, like T. ichiangense 'Chinese Chintz'. Beesia calthifolia, Coptis quinquefolia and Isopyrum nipponicum are other possibilities.
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Re: Primula forbesii
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2007, 08:41:41 AM »
the troughs are 14x28 inches 36x72xm

Some of the plants being suggested I havent heard of so I'll have to do some research later
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