John reports no difference in germination time for all his cyclamen species, including purpurascens, and I wonder whether he is sowing his own purpurascens seeds and has developed a strain that germinates quickly. My Cyclamen Society purpurascens seeds sown in mid-October under the four different conditions germinated from November 8 to January 9. The CS seeds from all the donors are put together, so it is difficult to know how they have been treated prior to my receiving them. I have not had any seeds from my own plants, so haven't been able to germinate fresh seeds. Christopher Grey-Wilson wrote that purpurascens does not set seeds readily, particularly if grown in pots. Do you get many seeds, John? Diane On 22-May-10, at 12:15 PM, John T Lonsdale wrote: > Diane wrote "The species of cyclamen makes a great difference; > purpurascens > requires soaking and darkness unless you don't mind how long it > takes to > germinate." > > That is the case for Diane, but not here. Treated in exactly the same > manner as all the other cyclamen seeds (no soaking), purpurascens > seeds sown > in late August and kept moist in a greenhouse that is allowed to get > to > around 26F on the floor give very high germination rates the > following late > spring.