next for cyclamen?
have had a wonderful display from several hyper tufa pots planted
with miniature cyclamen. How should I care for them over the summer?
the leaves die off, gradually cut down on watering until the mix
is quite dry. If practical, move the pots to a cool shady spot giving
them just a little water every now and then over summer to stop
the corm shrivelling up. If you want to use the pots for summer
annuals, you could dig out the cyclamen corms, clean off any soil
and store as you would with bulbs. Plant again in late summer, or
as soon as new shoots start to appear. Alternatively, depending
on the variety (some miniature cyclamen are more cold - tolerant
than others), you can plant them in a cool, lightly shaded corner
of the garden and leave them there.
Some types, like Cyclamen
hederifolium and C. purpurascens should establish well
and flower each year. Make sure to plant the corms so that the tops
of the corms just show above the ground.
Gardener, Issue 132, 2003, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.