Cyclamen Season 2013-2014

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Cyclamen Season 2013-2014

The season has made a start here in the UK with hederfolium in the open garden. Mine don't seem to be as good as they were last year but it's early days yet. My first in the greenhouse is Cyclamen cilicium, this one a rather nice darker form with a lovely scent.

Mark McD
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Lovely start to the season David. I must try again with hederifolium, was given a number of forms about 8-9 years ago, and they eventually dwindled away.  The only one that really likes it in my garden is purpurascens, which starts blooming in July here, although I heard from a friend nearby that her purpurascens started flowering only just recently.  Cyclamen cilicicum is also one that I had once, persisted for 5 years or so, never increased, and then disappeared one year.  I think I lose them from drought, fortunately C. purpurascens tolerates drought conditions well enough and is seeding around too.

PS: two copies of this topic appeared, I deleted one before we started getting responses to both.  :-)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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Really graceful "butterflies", David!

Our Chapter August plant sale was a a member's home.  She grows cyclamen expertly.  (She would say they grow expertly for her.)  She grows hederifolium, but mostly purpurascens forms, and donated some to the sale. I am a happy purchaser of one whose parentage that can be traced back to the Lake Bled area in Slovenia.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Mark McD wrote:

PS: two copies of this topic appeared, I deleted one before we started getting responses to both.  :-)

 

Sorry Mark, I've got the hang of posting one picture but don't seem to have gathered the art of putting two in the same post.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Mark McD
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No problem David, it was easy to take care of. Soon we will be drafting detailed directions on how to post multiple photos.

Ran outside after work to photograph my silver-leaf forms of C. purpurascens, but since it was close to dusk, and dark and misty outside, the images came out badly, will try again today.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Here's Cyclamen mirabile full of charm and all of it's parts completely in scale.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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.... and thanks to Mark's guidance all pictures present and correct.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

RickR
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The delicate veining on the petals is really nice.

 

Is that just one plant in the pot?

  I don't even know...... do cyclamen tubers ever divide or produce offsets?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Good question, Rick.  I await an answer.

This thread gives me a chance to show these same old plants of Cyclamen purpurascens YET AGAIN (where's that eye-rolling emoticon when you need it?)... needless to say, I am inordinately pleased that they have hung around since they were grown from seed in 2004!  Note the seedling of the silver-leaved plant in the first photo, and some seedlings of the green-leaved one in the third photo - there are more seedlings which I should dig up and move around to what I hope would be safe places.  The second plant has been heaving its large corm out of the ground the last couple of years (and looked quite diminished this spring as a result, I imagine) so I keep replanting it, as I suspect this is not such a brilliant thing to do in this climate.  

Lovely fragrance!

    

 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Yes, the pot had just one tuber. They don't divide themselves but they can be divided by cutting the tuber into pieces each with a growing point. It's a bit risky and I've never had sufficient tubers to risk trying to divide one but friends have tried with only limited success-many divisions were destroyed by fungus. 

Some species sometimes produce long twiggy extensions growing from the tuber which have a growing point at the end (called floral trunks!). These can be cut off and treated as cuttings. None of mine have ever produced any.

 

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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The Cyclamen season has just started here, so nice to see your plants Lori and David! Mine have only produced leaves so far.

I have never bothered dividing corms as they are very easy from seed.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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