- Primulina Growing Tips

Link to
photo database at
the Gesneriad Reference
Web to identify Primulina's previously called Charit

Primulina care

Visit this page to learn
how to take care of your
Primulina. All the helpful
hints on this page are
from Jinean, link to her
blog below:


You might see a leaf or two yellow or a little browning on the edges.  Don't worry about that to much. 
It takes a while for the Primulina to get used to it's new home.

When it's time to transplant. Don't put a tiny plant into a huge pot, the roots will never fill it and the soil will stay too wet. Put it into a pot that is between 1/3 and 1/2 the diameter of the leaf spread. If the plant measures 12 inches across a
4 inch pot will work.

Primulina Jade Moon

Primulina Jade Moon

As you know, the plant takes up all the water and food through the roots, and of
those roots the ones doing
the uptake are the tiny,
root hair. Letting the soil
go moderately dry between watering is fine because
there is usually enough residual moisture in the
soil so that the plant still
is happy and the tiny root
hair aren't actually drying
out between waterings.






















Click here: Chirita to Primulina: a list of name changes for species in cultivation (reprinted from Gesneriads, the official publication of
The Gesneriad Society,
first quarter 2012 issue)

They want bright light, but don't burn it in HOT sun.

You will want to take
whatever soil you use and
make it 1/3 to maybe even
1/2 perlite (depending
on if the soil starts out "heavy". Heavy soil means
soil that really holds a lot
of water and is sort of a
soaky mess, not light and crumbly.


Primulina Diane Marie

Use a very light African
violet potting mix. Watering can be by simply sticking
your finger into the pot
a couple times a week up
to the first knuckle
(about a half inch) and
feeling for moisture.
Don't overwater!

Primulina Vertigo

Primulina "Vertigo"

You will probably want to modify the soil (after your plant outgrows it's pot) and use more of the white
chunky, PERLITE. Perlite
is a natural product made
of heated volcanic
material and it pops up at
high temps like popcorn.
It ads air space to the soil
and gives better drainage
and aeration to the soil.


Primulina Dryas

Primulina dryas "Rachael"





















Primulina (previously called Chirita)

Why the name change? In 2012 Scientist determined that the Gibbosaccus section of Chirita is most closely related to Primulia tabacum, and because Primulina
is the older names, it takes precedence over Chirita.

Primulina dryas 'Hisako'click to enlarge photo


Mini Primulina tamiana

Primulina tamiana, mini click to enlarge

Primulina Liboensis (white vein)

Primulina liboensis (white vein)

The Primulina don't need much fertilization. Use a
very modest amount of name brand fertilizer infrequently. Every third time or so you can use
plain water.  Repot about twice a year. It gets rid
of the junk that settles in the soil from city
water systems and as soil breaks down and gets
slightly more acidic, fresh soil evens this out again


Primulina Rachel

Their leaves are pretty stiff and fleshy. They do
NOT want to be standing in water, but they also do
not do well dried out. Think of some of the
countries that might be home for them, India,
South China etc. They would likely get a lot
of rain, but drain freely.

Primulinas like lots of humidity.

Primulina gemella

Primulina "Gemella"

IF a person really lets the plant go DRY then some
of the tiny root hair shrivel and die. The plant
doesn't show that evidence on the top
leafy portion, but even when water is added
again and the soil is back to being moist, the
plant has to regrow those tiny root hair
that were lost due to the sever dryness.

Primulina 98-083

Primulina USBRG 98-083 _____________________________

That takes time and the plant above ground
still doesn't show this damage but it doesn't
grow as fast either because it's not getting the
optimal food and water from the ground for
the period of time the roots are recovering.

Read all on this page.
Good luck growing!

A BIG thank you to Jinean at

for these wonderful growing tips.
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