Growing cyclamen from seed: Cautiously optimistic

Last year, I tried growing cyclamen from seed.

Spring came and went and I saw no evidence of success; only empty pots topped with chicken grit. I set them on my potting table outside and left them to do what they would. Deep down, I believed I was merely procrastinating at composting their remains and sanitizing the pots for something else.

Last week, I happened to glance down at the table as I passed by.

cyclamen coum seedling sept 2014 2

A single leaf of Cyclamen coum emerging from beneath the gravel

A seedling of Cyclamen coum emerging! I studied it for perhaps five minutes before I convinced myself it wasn’t a weed. And then I noticed something else: I seem to have two (count ’em!) seedlings of Cyclamen rohlfsianum coming up.

Two seedlings (the one on the right is really tiny) of Cyclamen rohlfsianum.

Two seedlings (the one on the right is really tiny) of Cyclamen rohlfsianum.

I’m delirious with excitement. I intend to keep my hands well off them for some time until they appear resilient enough to cope with me. I will also leave the other pots to see if they’re thinking similarly…Bittster, how long should I give them?



4 thoughts on “Growing cyclamen from seed: Cautiously optimistic

  1. Wow! What a surprise, I just wanted to see if I could catch up on a few of my favorite blogs and didn’t expect this at all, congrats!
    Some people say three or four years isn’t too long a wait…. I have far less patience and would move on come springtime! What are your plans for these little guys? I believe you have a coldframe, don’t you? The rohlfsianum looks cool but I think it’s not nearly hardy enough for my neck of the woods.

    • Thank you!
      I’m not sure I could wait three or four years, either. If nothing appeared after a year, I’d probably dump the remains in the spot where I wanted them and hope for the best.
      I am slightly superstitious about tempting fate, but assuming they continue to grow I’ll plant them in a spot facing my rain garden. There’s a dryish zone behind a low brick wall beneath a couple of large oaks. A mixture of leaf mold and gravel mulches the spot–I hope I’m creating a bit of an alpine-like environment. Shady, cool(er), and dry in summer, sunny and well-draining in winter. And, most importantly, visible from the kitchen and bedroom windows.

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