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first requirement for growing cyclamen is to provide
COOL temperatures. Cyclamen detest warmth! Grown from
a tuber, cyclamen do best outdoors and are a
"cool weather" plant, growing and blooming
during the cool/cold months of the year. Like most
tubers and bulb plants, they need a rest period
(dormant time). Cyclamen lose their leaves and go
dormant during the summer months.
in pots, they make an excellent choice of flower color
for fall, winter and early spring.
best exposure is bright filtered light, or partial
shade. Along the coast, cyclamen will take early
morning sun and afternoon filtered light or shade.
TUBER IN THE FALL
a firm tuber and plant it concave side up. Cyclamen DO
NOT need to be planted deeply, but
quite the opposite - with the tuber half in and half out of the soil. Cyclamen will thrive in a rich, loose, fast draining soil but rot in a heavy clay soil. Use the following soil mixture: 1 part good Potting Soil 1 part Peat Moss.
require regular moisture, but overly soggy soil will
suffocate the roots and cause the leaves to yellow.
The soil mixture must drain well, but hold enough
moisture so that the plant will not dry out. A general
rule is thoroughly saturate your potted
cyclamen once a week.
the plant is allowed to dry out, it will wilt quickly
with leaves and flowers bending over the sides of the
pot. If this happens DON'T despair! Try this remedy
but don't wait too long or the plant will die back and
be forced to grow new leaves, giving up flowering
until the next cyclamen season.
Using newspaper, much in the same way the florist wraps a bouquet of flowers, surround the pot and carefully prop the stems into an upright position. Tape the newspaper to secure it in place. Put pot in a kitchen sink and allow a very slow stream of water to thoroughly saturate the entire plant. Before long, the stems will absorb enough water to hold themselves up, and the newspaper can be removed.
Feed a mature plant every two weeks with a good Flower Food at 1/2 strength. A newly planted tuber SHOULD NOT be fertilized until at least 3 to 4 inches of new growth appears. Then begin feeding every two weeks.
YOUR TUBER TO BLOOM A
late April or early May your cyclamen will show signs
of being tired. On or before June 1 move your plant to
a protected, full shade area in your garden and stop
fertilizing. Water your plant just a little each week
to give it some moisture --but keep the plant a
bit on the dry side.
your cyclamen is blooming up a storm by May and
appears to have NO intention on taking its
summer nap, follow the above instructions anyway. The tuber must have a rest period in order to bloom.
gardeners live in beautiful places because they make
them so. Joseph Joubert