Storing cyclamen seeds

Diane Whitehead
Sat, 22 May 2010 13:15:41 PDT
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  

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?


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.

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