Cyclamen for Descanso Gardens
Cyclamen (Cyclamen ) is a perennial growing from a tuber.
There are several species available for the plant collector.
The leaves are as showy as the blooms.
Cyclamen usually bloom in spring, depending on species.
Plant them under oak trees, camellias and other shrubs.
Tubers of some species can get quite large and live for many
years if conditions are right.
Some smaller varieties are from mediterranian countries, and can be
used in rock gardens.
Most Cyclamen lose their leaves during dormancy - June through August.
These are beautiful in pots, and do well displayed in the cool house.
Plant in partial shade. Do not plant in direct sun
- Soil: rich, well drained. They love humous.
Do not cultivate around their roots.
Let the soil dry out between waterings, and provide deep
water periodically regularly , but do not overwater.
Reduce water in late fall.
Plant small bulbs 3-4 inches deep in fall.
May be started from seed, but many species need several years
to reach bloom size.
Our long, hot summers and dry climates take a toll on cyclamen.
Part shade may help. Reduce watering while plants are dormant.
- SOURCES: Bulb and specialty catalogs.
Local nurseries usually have a large display around Thanksgiving.
These are often considered indoor display plants and probably
need to be acclimated to our gardens over season.
- ORGANIZATIONS: For more detailed infomation about Cyclamen species
and care, check out the
American Cyclamen Society.
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