Cyclamen bloom sequence

Paul T.
Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:27:45 PDT
>C. purpurascens does not flourish or flower here, and I think it needs a
>pronounced winter dormancy and perhaps more summer water, since it does so
>well in colder parts of North America.


If anything, I'd say it tends towards a spring dormancy, not 
winter.  Some of my purpurascens are evergreen and can flower pretty 
much any time they want, but there is a distinct thinning of the 
leaves on most of them after it warms up in spring, not in the cold 
of winter.  It definitely does like summer watering, as it is in 
growth again then after it's spring quieter time.  Some of mine 
actually completely lose their leaves in spring, but there are 
usually at least a couple of leaves on even then.  They all have full 
leaves in winter though.

I am just mentioning this in case people try to force their dormant 
in winter.  I realise I have comparatively warm winters (down to -8 
or -9'C) but with those temperatures (the purpurascens are not 
coddled in any way, just left out in their pots through winter) that 
is how they behave for me.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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