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The genus Cyclamen comprises 24 species of tuberous perennials. Fully hardy species and cultivars make excellent rock garden plants in borders, or in raised beds. Originating from cool, humid environments, frost-tender Cyclamen can make great indoor plants (especially cultivars of Cyclamen persicum). They bring long-lasting colour to a well-lit room of filtered light, especially in the winter months. Even when they are not flowering, the heart-shaped foliage is very attractive. Different species of Cyclamen have different cultivation preferences, including light needs, and they flower at different times of the year. For instance, Cyclamen hederifolium, which flowers in the autumn, likes shadier conditions than Cyclamen persicum - which flowers in winter/spring and can tolerate full sun.
Common problems with Cyclamen
Cyclamens are very sensitive to temperature. Be sure to keep them in the ideal temperature range. They also tend to be easily affected by fungal diseases. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not constantly as root and tuber rot might occur.
How to harvest Cyclamen
Harvest seeds after flowering period (depending on species).
How to propagate Cyclamen
Seeds should be sown fresh, when ripe. Sow to a depth of 0.5 cm and space them 25 to 30 cm apart.
Divide offsets in the dormant period (summer), and plant the tuber just below the soil surface with the top of the tuber exposed.
Special features of Cyclamen
Great plant for any sized pot.
As this plant prefers cooler temperatures, be sure the temperature does not exceed 23ºC or decrease below 3ºC.
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