Storing cyclamen seeds

John T Lonsdale
Sat, 22 May 2010 12:15:15 PDT
Diane wrote "The species of cyclamen makes a great difference; purpurascens
requires soaking and darkness unless you don't mind how long it takes to

That is the case for Diane, but not here.  Treated in exactly the same
manner as all the other cyclamen seeds (no soaking), purpurascens seeds sown
in late August and kept moist in a greenhouse that is allowed to get to
around 26F on the floor give very high germination rates the following late
spring.  Seeds are surface sown and covered with about 1cm of grower grade
granite grit - this by no means equates to total darkness.  100s of seeds
sown in August 2009 are germinating right now.  This replicates findings
going back at least 10 years.

All results need to be taken in context and not as black and white.  It is
amazing how many folks have the 'definitive' method of doing many gardening
activities - looking back to the very early days of the AGS you can see how
many bizarre unique types of compost were the 'only' ways to get many plants
to grow.  The fact that I grow everything here in pots using a single
compost type would have those AGS stalwarts turning in their graves.  

I am very familiar with the Reading method for cyclamen and in my hands it
has given excellent results.  However, the methods I described that I use
every year are far less time consuming and work equally well - here.  I
don't find any significant differences between species.



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