cyclamen in So Cal
Sat, 26 Jan 2008 19:05:34 PST
On 25 Jan 08, at 10:43, Jane McGary wrote:

> [Cyclamen from seed:] Best success is had with fresh seed... 

Don't you believe it. Dry cyclamen seed is just fine. The trick is to 
give it a good, long soak in water with a drop of dish detergent 
before sowing. By long I mean at least a week.

If the water clouds, rinse the seed and transfer them to fresh water.

The seed pots need outdoor conditions so they experience natural 
annual and diurnal variations in temperature. Most, perhaps all, 
cyclamen species germinate when mature plants start to leaf out, thus 
hederifolium in the fall, coum in the winter, repandum in the spring, 
and so on.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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