Rodger Whitlock
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 07:48:56 PDT
On 06/28/2018 04:00 AM, Sylvia Sykora wrote:

> small pots of other species [of cyclamen] baffle me.

Rex Murfitt once gave a talk about how a grower of cyclamen in Wales did 
it. Note that Wales has a cool, moist climate.

Instead of "small pots", the plants were grown in upended drain tiles 
about 30 cm (1 ft) long, resting in a shallow tray with 10-15 mm (½") of 
water in it, even in summer. {N.B keep an eye on those units: cm vs mm]

Cyclamen as a class have deeply burrowing, perennial root systems. In 
the garden, once established, they do not go truly dormant like the 
usual ruck of bulbs, and those deep roots mean the tuber doesn't dry out 
and go flabby.

I imagine that these drain pipe dwellers were watered as usual when in 
active growth.

Moral: abandon "small pots" for cyclamen.

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