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Help for Cyclamens


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From:Date:Zone:
Anne McMaster14-May-00 08:09 PM EST   
Debbie14-May-00 10:22 PM EST   
Janet 15-May-00 09:15 PM EST   
Kae15-May-00 10:52 PM EST   
Raf11-Dec-00 10:17 PM EST   
Raf11-Dec-00 10:17 PM EST   
Linda12-Dec-00 11:34 PM EST   
Virginia Kawada17-Nov-01 12:26 AM EST   
Susan17-Nov-01 10:42 AM EST 6a   


Subject: Help for Cyclamens
From: Anne McMaster
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Date: 14-May-00 08:09 PM EST

Mother's Day has brought numerous cyclamens. How do I look after them please


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Debbie
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Date: 14-May-00 10:22 PM EST

The only 2 things I ever learned about cyclamens were that you should always water from the bottom, and when a flower dies pull it gently but firmly from the bottom, taking the whole stem. If it's ready to be pulled it will come out easily. Good luck!


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Janet
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Date: 15-May-00 09:15 PM EST

Assuming you mean the tender cyclamens, I put mine out (right into the ground) in the spring, and repot them in the fall. They don't do anything much all summer, but bloom in a cool room from fall till after Christmas. They are well worth this small effort!


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Kae
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Date: 15-May-00 10:52 PM EST

Hi Anne: I love my cyclamen, it doesn't take much care and the rewards are plenty. They do prefer to be watered from the bottom, but if you do water from the top it is impt not to let the stems sit in water, it helps if you put a little sand or tiny pebbles on the surface of the pot. They are hungry feeders, and do seem to enjoy diluted tea on a regular basis.Debbie is correct in saying thatwhenthe flower dies back,you should remove the whole stem. I also have hardy cyclamen in my garden, they are beautiful and provide a burst of color when many others have finished for the season.


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Raf
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Date: 11-Dec-00 10:17 PM EST

I just received a small cyclmen as a gift and it already has problems! It's planted directly inside a basket with absolutely no drainage available. I've been watering it once a week. I've been discarding all of the dying flowers. And still the flowers tend to bend and die, and the leaves becoming yellow. HELP!

Thanks :)


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Raf
Zone:
Date: 11-Dec-00 10:17 PM EST

I just received a small cyclmen as a gift and it already has problems! It's planted directly inside a basket with absolutely no drainage available. I've been watering it once a week. I've been discarding all of the dying flowers. And still the flowers tend to bend and die, and the leaves becoming yellow. HELP!

Thanks :)


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Linda
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Date: 12-Dec-00 11:34 PM EST

Repot the plant!! It is rotting and needs drainage. These plants like to be cool. East windows away from heat registars work well


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Virginia Kawada
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Date: 17-Nov-01 12:26 AM EST

Not sure of my zone but I live in Eastern KY. The foregoing gave lots of information. But I would like to know if cyclamen may be planted outside in my zone. Thanks


Subject: RE: Help for Cyclamens
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 17-Nov-01 10:42 AM EST

Virginia - Eastern Kentucky is USDA zone 6a or 6b(depending on exactly how far east you are) according to the USDA zone map I looked at. (This is a Canadian site; my zone 6a is roughly equivalent to a USDA zone 5 ...)

There are many varieties of cyclamen, some of them are definitely hardy for you as some are hardy for me. Particularly Cyclamen hederifolium, which is commonly called 'hardy cyclamen'. There is a good article on cyclamen gowing in the garden, including a list of varieties and their hardiness ratings, at:

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/perennials/13456

An interesting companion to hardy cyclamen would be Shooting Star (Dodecatheon), which looks somewhat similar, although the center part sticks out rather than being inverted as in cuclamen. Cyclmen tend to flower in late summer while Shooting Star is a spring bloomer. Shooting Star can take and likes moist soil while cyclamen don't and cyclamen prefer slightly alkaline soil. However, in 'average' conditions, I think both would grow together. I'm going to try it next year...


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