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Cyclamen

Cyclamens
 

Syn.: C. neapolitanum

 

Flower colour: deep pink, pink, or almost white

Flowering period: August-September

Average plant height: 10 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 5 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 15 cm

Type of bulb: corm

Light requirements: partial shade

Cyclamens need a lightly shaded habitat. Their soil must contain sufficient humus and be rich in calcium, but the idea that cyclamens need a lot of moisture is a misconception. They should be covered once a year with a light mulch composed of well-composted leaves. Doing so imitates conditions in their wild habitat. Some species flower early in the year, while others wait until late summer. The leaves have a lovely shape and are often beautifully marked. Plants are usually propagated from seed or gathered from the wild. This means that the variety among these plants is great, especially when it comes to their flower colours.

What makes C. hederifolium so especially attractive is its pretty leaves. What's more, they remain green during the winter!