Cyclamen hederifolium planting depth

Jane McGary
Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:16:27 PDT
Roy wrote,
" C. graecum is one of the types that grows up, not out. In this species, 
formation of a trunk is to be expected.  My biggest difficulty in growing 
them is to find a pot that is deep enough to handle the tuber..."

I grow most of my C. graecum now in plastic mesh pots plunged in sand, and 
so I can plant them deeply and they still have as much run for their annual 
roots as they want, extending them out through the mesh. I use soluble 
fertilizer with a hose hook-up, so the plunge sand has some nutrition for 
them, in addition to the fines naturally in it. I have just one C. graecum 
in the garden, in a sloping scree situation, and it's going into its third 
year in the open; it was pretty big when I planted it, though.

Cyclamen mirabile has also returned in the open this year; I had some 
extras rescued from among the pots, where ants sow the seeds that I don't 
get to first.

Regarding Cyclamen hederifolium and moisture, there's a path between two of 
my bulb frames that is regularly under an inch of water in winter. C. 
hederifolium has appeared there and has flowered for some years now. Yet 
I've also seen it in the wild growing as a chasmophyte (cliff-dweller) in 
crevices on a vertical rock face. In gardens in this area it often appears 
in lawns that aren't mown in winter. When people ask me what to plant in 
"impossible" places, such as the base of an old hedge, I recommend this 
species, with the caveat that it disappears in summer.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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