hardiness of cyclamen

Judy Glattstein jglatt@ptd.net
Wed, 09 Apr 2003 05:17:46 PDT
My Wilton, Connecticut garden did not have reliable snow cover. It did have
reliable Cyclamen hederifolium, coum, purpurascens and fatrense. The
hederifolium and coum seeded prolifically. However since most of the seed
fell on top of the mother bulb, unless I came along and removed the
seedlings to replant elsewhere they never did very much. That garden was
superb soil, the high organic moist yet well drained we all dream about.
Gentle slope to the west, but well shaded by five 100-year-old Quercus alba,
under which were large black birch, Betula lenta, under which were Cornus
florida. Single digit winter temperatures were common. Lowest recorded
temperature in the years we were there was minus 7 degrees Fahrenheit (with
snow cover.)

And, to correct an error in my garden's description: we moved to New Jersey
in 1997, not 1993. Must be the current April snow, rain, temperatures around
the freezing mark that makes it seem that much longer as I wait for this
flirtatious, come-and-go spring to settle down.

Judy in the Garden State

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