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RE: Cyclamen help please (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: greenguy1 on 12.21.2006 at 08:36 am in Bulbs Forum

Yes, you will see some little nubs start expanding on top of the tuber, don't be surprised if they turn out to be blooms first and then leaves. Sometimes the leaves come first, sometimes the flowers (although the other will soon follow), sometimes they come together, and it can vary from year to year.

If you don't see anything happening by October or so, you can go ahead and repot, then water carefully just to keep the soil barely moist and that will kick-start it.

If you find yourself turning into a Cyclamen nut, there are also two hardy ones that are readily available in the fall as tubers and that do quite well in zone 7, Cyclamen hederifolium and C. coum. The former puts out flowers in October-November (for me, in Maryland) and then leaves which persist through the winter before dying back in spring; the latter will put up its leaves first in late fall/early winter, then start blooming in February before also dying back in late spring. Flower color for both is in the white-pink-magenta-lavender ranges (like the florist types) - color is variable for the species although there are named cultivars for both with known flower colors. There are other species which will also do well in our zone, but the two mentioned above are the ones you are most likely to be able to find. They're great for planting under the canopies of trees because they get the winter sun when they need it, are shaded by the trees during the summer which helps keep the tubers from drying up, and the trees will take up all the water during the growing season so the tubers won't rot.

- Steve

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RE: Cyclamen help please (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: shrubs_n_bulbs on 12.16.2006 at 04:08 pm in Bulbs Forum

Florists Cyclamen have the large flowers. If your flowers are large, that's all you need to know.

These plants are winter growers, dormant in summer. Enjoy them while you can, then put them away for the summer. Normally they will flower in late winter and spring but are brought on early for sale. Provide a bright place but not in direct sun. They will be happy at room temperature but don't let them get too hot. In particular try to let them cool off at night, but no frost. Water when the soil starts to dry out but never allow to become waterlogged. If you keep them too warm they will either go dormant or get stressed and need so much water that the tuber will rot.

They will stop flowering at some point, usually in late spring when it starts to get warm, but maybe earlier on your forced plants. Then the leaves will dry up. Stop watering, put them away until autumn when they can be watered and will put out new leaves.

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