Cyclamen - One Of My Favourite Flowers
When I was child, my father always had a few cyclamen plants, some in pots, and some in the rockgarden, and I think I fell in love with these plants then! They've always fascinated me, with their cute little nodding heads.
Now that I've got my own garden, I've decided to add a rockery, which of course won't be complete without some cyclamen in it!
I can't resist looking at them in nurseries and markets - perhaps it's the way the petals fold back up the stem, and the vari-coloured leaves. Who knows, but I do love these flowers!
The cyclamen in the photo, I bought at a Sunday market near my home.
Cyclamen In A Pot
A beautiful and hardy plant which will
brighten up any garden
Cyclamen come from the Mediterranean area, including most countries of the Middle East. Usually, they begin to grow in Autumn, and will grow throughout Winter, and flower in Spring.
They grow from tubers, and there are 23 known species in the wild, although in cultivation, there are many more varieties available, from hybridisation.
The flowers are upswept, and the leaves can have various patterns, and different shapes, depending on the variety.
Cyclamen In The WIld
Try growing your own little cyclamen plants from seed.
Indoors Or Outdoors - What's best for your cyclamen?
Many people purchase cyclamen in flower at nurseries or markets, because they admire the plant. Sometimes, the plant is kept inside in a very warm place, which isn't always best for a cyclamen.
Personally, I believe that the best place for these plants is outside, in the ground, and mine have always done well when planted in the garden. Of course, this will depend on where you live, and since I'm in the temperate part of Australia, where we get no snow, and not too much frost, this is fine.
If you are keeping your plant inside, it's best to keep in a cool place, and please don't put it near a gas stove or heater - they don't really like that!
Once cyclamen have flowered, they will die down, and the tuber will be dormant until next Autumn. Don't worry if the tuber is showing above ground, as this is normal for the species. They sometimes push themselves up out of the ground. If you are worried, cover it with a little mulch or compost.
Cyclamen In My Rockery
The tubers of cyclamen are also known as corms, and this is probably the correct term for them.
Cyclamen can be propagated from seeds, which is fun to try when you get seed pods on your plants. This has worked for me, and some of my plants have also self seeded, so I've been pleasantly surprised to find baby cyclamen coming up around the parent plant.
The corms can also be cut into two when they reach a suitable size, although I've never tried this, so can't say anything about the success of this method.
New Baby Cyclamen!
I've been lucky enough to have some of my cyclamen seed themselves in the garden. So far the seedlings have only one leaf each, and I've no idea what colour they will be, but it's great to see them seeding themselves in the rockery.
The leaves are only about 1 cm or 1/3rd of an inch across and the plants probably won't flower for at least a year, mayybe more. I'm looking forward to seeing them when they do.
Part Of My Rockgarden
Cyclamen - Are They For You?
Do you have any cyclamen?
Cyclament And Pests
There aren't many pests which bother cyclamen, that I've discovered. Slugs and snails are not a problem, as they don't seem to like cyclamen, although you may find the odd flower has been nibbled on.
Thrips may occasionally attack your plants, although this is an uncommon occurrence. Of course, the country you live in will have an influence here, and some countries have bugs, weevils, etc., which will attack your plants. If you're having problems, discuss it with your local nursery, as they are most likely to have the solution.
A Cluster Of Cyclamen
The image above is another shot of some of the cyclamen in my garden. As you can see, I'm rather fond of them, and more plants will be added in the future. They are so colourful I can't resist them!
When I see them growing like this, it always reminds me of seeing wild pink cyclamen growing under pine trees on the roadside banks, in Ephesus, Turkey.
The New Cyclamen In The Garden
New Cyclamen In The Rockery
Often we go to a local Sunday market, and on this occasion, one of the vendors had a special on; miniature cyclamen, three for $7. How could I resist that?
Of course, when I got home, they needed to be planted, so the large pink one purchased a couple of weeks ago, and the three new ones were planted in a just cleared section of the garden.
The large pink cyclamen in the centre is the one I already had, and the white and two reds are the new ones.
Sorry about the quality of the picture - my mobile isn't that great at taking good pics, or perhaps it's the photographer! :-)
Another New Cyclamen
Perhaps I should stay away from markets, especially markets where they sell plants. I saw this little cyclamen and of course, couldn't resist buying it. This plant is going to flower for quite a while, as you can see plenty of buds just coming up.
There is a problem now - I've run out of space in my cyclamen rockery, and haven't yet had a chance to extend it. When I do, there will most likely be more plants added.
A White Cyclamen
Buds & Flowers
The beautiful white cyclamen in the photo above has magnificent buds and flowers, and I couldn't resist sharing it with you. I'm hoping this plant will self-seed, as I'd love more of it.