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    The seeds are extremely cool. Here in GA I've seen them grown as woodland plants, in the shade under trees with leaf cover and moisture (put plants right above the tree roots to keep it relatively dry). The seed has a fleshy coating on the outside that ants like, and they eat this and bury the seed in their nests. Just one ends up sprouting a whole colony, which gives a really nice effect.

    They are native to Greece/Spain with a mediterranean climate, so imitating this in as many ways as possible would be the surest bet. I had one at Easter earlier this year and it was flowering then for a month or two. The GA drought finally did it in however.

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    I think only one or two varieties can grow outside in GA. I've see them before at specialist garden centers. I think they are pure species. I think the Cyclamen everyone is used to seeing are from Iran(at very high elevations).
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 01-07-2008 at 03:37 PM.

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    Here in the UK there are two species that are reliably hardy - C. neopolitanum (flowers Novemberish) and C. coum (flowers Januaryish). Both are easily rasied from seed but dried corms can be a problem. The flowers when pollinated have a seed dispersal mechanism whereby the flower stem coils up once pollinated into a spring, then as the seeds ripen the stem pushes the seed pod into the gound. I collect the seed (once told by an expert that Cyclamen seed is always ready in July, whatever the main flowering time) and braodcast it round the garden. Some is picked up by ants as the seed has a sugary couting.
    Other species will live outside but could be problematic. The C. persicum hybrids are not really hardy here but will survive a light frost.
    for the C. persicum hybrids a summer rest is essential - place the pot on it side in a warm position until growth restarts in autumn.
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    I came across this thread and thought I'd give a quick update. Three of the four Cyclamen died since September (keeping the media too dry, no doubt. I was paranoid about over-watering), but the one that lived seems to be thriving. It's putting out huge leaves, and I recently bought another Cyclamen to plant beside it, now that I have a better idea of how to water these things. I'm hoping these two plants continue to do well, maybe even well enough to flower come October/November!

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    Thanks for the update, LLGG. I'm glad one survived, and thrived! That would be great if it flowered. Keep us posted. I have always thought it would be rewarding to have a flower like that or poinsettias reflower when most people just throw them away. Talk about recycling!

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