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Evening primrose plant uses

Evening primrose plant uses

Evening primrose plant uses

Evening primrose self-seeds, so it's possible that, unless properly trained and cared for, it could easily take over your garden. Still, its sunny yellow flowers can lure many gardeners with their beauty. The plant is nocturnal, meaning its blooms open in the evening and close throughout the day, attracting a different set of nighttime pollinators, such as moths and some bees.

Evening primrose

Contrary to what you may believe about a plant that only blooms at night (making it perfect for moon gardens), evening primrose actually loves sunlight. It should be grown in a spot that gets full sunlight (or partial shade), and somewhere where the plant can soak in at least six to eight hours of warm sunlight daily. While it blooms and grows best during the summer, evening primrose actually prefers to be cool rather than warm. The plant needs to get established (i.e. grow its roots and foliage) during the cooler early months of spring in order to flower well come summer. Too much heat early on in its life can cause the plant to become leggy or resemble a weed in appearance.

plant them either in autumn or early spring in a location that boasts full sun where the soil has been previously cultivated. Sow the seeds on top of the soil and water well. After germination, thin the seedlings so that they are approximately one foot apart.In its first year of life, evening primrose will not flower but will simply produce a leafy rosette at ground level. Come year two, a tall, stiff flower stem shoots up out of this base. About midway up this flower stem, secondary branching occurs and the leaves become progressively smaller the farther you go up the flower stem. The four-petaled blooms that begin emerging at the start of summer are about one inch wide. They'll eventually die off and produce seeds, which are then spread throughout the landscape by various weather conditions or eaten by wild birds. (Source: www.thespruce.com)

 

 

 

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