Bulbs for shade ?

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:57:20 PDT
Interesting suggestion, Roland.  Ten or 20 years ago, Jack Elliott thought 
Cyclamen ought to naturalize here in Indiana, so he send me about a cupful 
of seeds from his garden with instructions to just scatter them in many 
different location in my garden.  I did, and then remembered where I had 
scattered them.  The next two or three springs, I searched for any sign of 
seedling, but saw none.

You idea to start them in garden soil (in the greenhouse, I presume) and 
then plant them out in the garden in the second year sounds interesting.

Does anyone have surplus Cyclamen seeds (coum, hederifolium, purpureum) to 
throw away?  if so I'll  try Roland's experiment with them.  Contact me if 
you want to help with this little experiment.

About too wet, I can do little.  The middle half of the USA is in the midst 
of its worst drought since the 1930's, but we can have up to 7 inches (175 
mm) of rain in the month of July in some years.

We have had about 40 days of high temperatures reaching 90 F (32 C) in the 
last 7 weeks; normal is 18 days of 90 F in the whole summer here.  I assume 
the heat would not hurt the Cyclamen in the garden, right?

Jim S.
in central Indiana

At 10:42 PM 7/29/2012 +0200, you wrote:
>-25ºC where I lived before wasn't a problem
>one cm deep planted on a small hill
>a few cm higher as the rest of the garden
>and fine chicken-wire over the bulbs against squirrels
>biggest problem is that in the trade the bulbs are wild collected
>they hardly re-root in the garden
>and die after a few years
>or they rot because the place is to wet
>better to grow them from seed in garden-soil
>and replant them the second year in the garden

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Lat. 40° 02.8' N, Long. 086° 06.6' W

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