cyclamen in So Cal

Jane McGary
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 10:43:59 PST
If I lived in southern California I would try all kinds of Cyclamen, 
particularly the noble forms of C. graecum from the Peloponnese with their 
wonderful variety of leaf forms. Best success is had with fresh seed, which 
I believe is best obtained by joining the Cyclament Society (I don't belong 
to it but have some generous friends). As for C. persicum, a volunteer 
seedling came up in my bulb frame a few years ago and has survived 
temperatures down to 20F/minus 6 C there, protected from moisture on the 
leaves during freezes; it flowers well and has produced more volunteer 
seedlings. Because Cyclamen seed is attractive to ants, the young plants 
come up all over between the pots and I get them (or most of them) when I 
lift the pots in midsummer; then I have tubers to try in the garden, where 
most of them probably just froze to death.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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