The New Cyclamen

Cyclamen persicum

Thanks to new varieties and modern production methods, particularly small and low-growing types of cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) have become great choices for growing outdoors in boxes or containers.

Up to 100 flowers per plant

There’s really no reason why cyclamen ever went out of fashion. The new, hardier varieties, which can tolerate below-freezing temperatures, feature lovely blossoms in luminous colors that augment just about any seasonal fall arrangement in balcony boxes and container plantings. They start to flower late in the season, just when summer blooms have begun to fade. Their flower petals appear painted on and grow tirelessly from August til December. In just one season, one plant can produce between 80 and 100 flower stems. The lightly patterned, sometimes silvery foliage is also highly decorative. What’s more, cyclamen are easy to care for.

Mini cyclamen stay compact

Mini and midi cyclamen are best suited to outdoor use. They’re compact, sturdy, and have robust flowers – particularly important for those rainy days of autumn. In addition to the classic hues of white, pink, and carmine red, new color variants have been introduced in wine red, white with eye coloration, and purple tones. The flowers have a lovely effect from a distance and are enjoying increasing popularity across age groups as bedding and balcony plantings.

Pots of color through til winter

Once the heat of summer has passed and the warm-season flowers along with it, it’s prime time for planting fall arrangements with cyclamen (Cyclamen). These are particularly elegant when combined with bushy heather (Calluna vulgaris) in balcony boxes and terrace containers. Heuchera (Heuchera), sage (Salvia officinalis), and ornamental cabbages (Brassica oleracea) will also make handsome accompaniment. To encourage cyclamen to bud right up until the first frost, remove spent blooms where they meet the corm, keep the soil evenly moist, and fertilize once a week.

Cooler location preferred

Cyclamen are corms that thrive in a bright, cool spot. To prevent the corm from rotting, water it from the bottom.

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