Cyclamen in cold climates

James Waddick
Tue, 08 Apr 2003 16:05:32 PDT
Dear All, Jane, Jim S. ;

>This is surprising, since I know of gardeners in upstate New York and in
>New England who grow multitudes of Cyclamen hederifolium outdoors.

I too grow, grew, try both C. hederifolium and C. coum. the later 
just finished blooming in a couple color forms. They are not what I'd 
call long term garden standbys, but always iffy. They all have some 
leaf damage from exposure to cold, wind, sun etc. They get 
essentially no snow cover and went to -5F this winter. Upstate NY may 
have consistent snow cover and blanket them in security of 32 degrees.
	We may have a half dozen around the garden, but I've lost far more.
	I keep thinking of trying more, but I'd rather buy something 
more reliable here.
	I'd call them semi-tender and better in a protected garden site.
	Squirrels (in hordes) do not seem to bother them any more or 
less than all the rest of the bulbs and certainly less than crocus.
		Best	Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
E-fax  419-781-8594

Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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