Current Blooms
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 20:46:14 PDT
On 14 Sep 2009, at 10:42, Jane McGary wrote:

> [Cyclamen] hederifolium... I haven't seen it out in natural areas 

I just today noticed a nice stand of it by the side of Blenkinsop Rd, a pseudo-
rural splubburb. And it's gradually colonizing the 280' long lane leading to my 
place, with at least one plant nearly to the far end. Ants? Possibly.

However, 25 years or more ago, I scattered a large quantity of seed in a 
municipal park that is rather wild, but I've never seen any sign of it. I 
suspect the young seed-pearl-like seedlings cannot handle the intense summer 
drought they exprience there.

C. hederifolium flowers more profusely if watered from time to time in the 

> Soon there will be [Acis] rosea, a tiny pink one, but it is tender and has to be
> kept in the solarium over winter. 

If you water it during the summer, it will come into flower much earlier. My 
large pot of it has been in flower for weeks, and I'm getting a lot of seed off 
it to send off to the AGS & SRGC.  

I agree: it's tender. I leave mine out as long as possible, since it is in full 
leaf. When frost threatens it goes into the carport; if it's a hard freeze 
forecast, it goes into a frost-free storage room.

Is Acis valentina hardy?


Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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