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Cyclamen Persicum

Hammonton, NJ(Zone 6b)

Hey everyone! I'm Franco, a new subscriber here at DG. I have forever been a fan of cyclamen, yet always seem to kill them. Currently I have two beside me on my computer desk that are doing fairly well, but they always seem to wither away and die. I know they like the cooler temps and I've found they like to dry out almost completely before being watered again.

Though, from what I've read this is pretty common; it seems I always hear of an individual's cyclamen dying and never someone that has had success with the persicum variety. What is everyone's experience with them here?

I also currently have a singe tuber of hederofolium planted outside here in zone 6. It was just recently planted so I won't see any growth till fall.

I am successful with growing orchids, tacca (bat plants), and various other tropicals ... I just can't seem to get it right with cyclamen (Though I continue to buy them).



This message was edited Mar 26, 2011 9:45 PM

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

Welcome to DG and the bulbs forum Franco24. I'll let the more experienced cyclamen growers answer your ?'s since I seem to send my to the garden grave yard sooner than later. I'm going to recommend typing in cyclamen care in the search forums box to the top right of this page and see what you find. I find this very useful if I can't find the information that I need in the Discussions Forums. Annette

Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

Franco, sometimes we resort to self-help here.
Check here
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/238/
and
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1124907/
and
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/647/
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2186/

The authors of DG articles know more than I. In the breadth of my knowledge, I always understood that an indoor cyclamen needed down-time/hibernation, like outdoor tulips and other spring bulbs. They die down after blooming to rejuvenate the following spring. Somehow I thought cyclamen did that twice in one year. I remember reading that they should be kept in a dark, dry location during that time, which sort of corresponds to the ways outdoor bulbs operate. I just don't think much about tulip, crocus or daffodil because when they're finished blooming and die down, something else follows, like lilies, iris and peonies. They all go through a period of rest and rejuvenation.

Also check the indoor plant and beginner houseplants forums and well as the person who responded regarding the C. persicum.

Good luck,
marcia

Hammonton, NJ(Zone 6b)

Here are my two cyclamen! They are doing good thus far. I water them when dry (right when the flowers start to lean; but not droop). Also just gave them a shot of tomato fertilizer.

Thumbnail by Franco24
Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

I've always thought cyclamen were lovely, and these 2 prove it!

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