Evening Primrose (Oenothera) Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Evening Primrose
A native to North America, Evening Primrose is a favorite for its blooms that appear in the cool of the evening and stay opened until late morning. It is a prolific bloomer and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. At night, moths are attracted to the sweetly scented flowers. Evening Primrose is perfect for creating a meadow setting, and it is typically deer resistant.
These planting instructions are for the following:
Showy Evening Primrose
Dwarf Evening Primrose
Pale Evening Primrose
For areas with mild winters, the seed can be directly started outdoors in the fall. Or, in the early spring, sow Evening Primrose seeds directly outside.
Primrose performs best in full sun to partial shade. It likes medium moist, well-drained soil and tolerates poor, sandy or gravelly soils. Primrose is a great choice for naturalized areas.
How to Plant Evening Primrose
- Weed the area and work the soil to a depth of 6 inches
- Add compost to improve soil drainage
- Rake and smooth the soil
- Scatter the seeds and cover lightly with soil - 1/16 inch only
- Keep the area moist for germination
- Thin to the strongest seedling 12 - 18 inches apart
Care And Maintenance
- Primrose does best with regular irrigations - especially during dry periods
- These plants are prolific self-seeders
- Deadheading and trimming the plants back after blooming will help to keep the plants from spreading too much