25 Seeds per packet.
White flowers with a deep pink nose appear in March or April. Many are strongly scented. The foliage too is attractive and variable. Keep dry during July and August, then full sun and moisture in autumn, and shade when coming into flower. Pot with the tuber half exposed to reduce the risk of botrytis. Protect from frost. Can be grown as an indoor house-plant. The large florists cyclamen all originate from Cyclamen persicum.
Seed Sowing Instructions: Cyclamen seed should be sown as soon as possible in pans of John Innes Seed Compost, to which has been added a little extra perlite and (if available) some shredded leaf mould, preferably beech or oak. Sow thinly and cover the seed with one centimetre of potting grit. Water well and stand the pans out-of-doors in a shady place to germinate naturally. Protect pans of tender cyclamen from frost. Please be patient as seed germination is erratic - anything from six weeks to fifteen months!
To obtain the quickest germination of your cyclamen, try to keep your pans evenly moist and dark, at around 15°C (60°F) until the seedlings begin to emerge. If sown thinly, young plants may be left in the pans for up to two years, allowing the late-comers to make a start. Plant out or pot on when dormant, ideally in July or August. Full instructions are sent with every seed order.
Alpine House cultivation:All cyclamen are suitable for alpine house cultivation, especially the more tender species. The alpine house should receive maximum light, but will require shading in summer. Good air circulation is crucial and extra vents are a must. We advise growing this cyclamen in clay pans using a suitable compost. This may be made up by mixing two parts (by bulk) of John Innes compost No2, one part of Perlite and one part of shredded leaf mould. Cyclamen persicum should be potted with the tuber just half-covered. Give just enough heat to exclude frost in very cold weather. Otherwise, plunging your pots in sand or covering with horticultural fleece during very cold spells will give an amazing amount of extra protection.
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Cyclamen seed is despatched throughout the year. (subject to availability)