Saturday, November 26

Isn't it satisfying when things work out!

You may remember that I challenged myself to grow some cyclamen from seed this year.

I was prepared to have wasted my money on this seed but what is life without a challenge!

In October I posted that I had eight small cyclamen plants and one was even flowering.

Well the latest is that now all eight plants are flowering.
Despite only being eight seeds in the packet the potential colour range was for nine different colours. Obviously I knew that I wouldn't have all nine! I did wonder whether I would end up with all the plants the same colour but despite having some duplication I think I have ended up with a good mix of colours. Now it's a matter of keeping them as cool as possible - not easy with central heating - so I manage to get as long a flowering season as possible.

15 comments:

  1. They are absolutely beautiful! I don't have the best luck growing flowers from seed.

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  2. Great result Sue lovely flowers.

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  3. How lucky you have been with the colours! I know what you mean about the difficulty of finding a good place to grow Cyclamen indoors. These days we tend to keep our houses far too warm. I remember my Granny growing Cyclamen - and Hyacinths - in her Living Room, but then that room always felt freezing cold to me!

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  4. Clever old you - I never think about growing that sort of plant from seed as you see so many in the shops at this time of year. But it has reminded me that I have some hyacinths in a dark place that I forgot all about, better check them out tomorrow and see what is happening under the bucket.

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  5. We grow a few flowers from seed, Robin but mainly annuals. The problem is that usually we don't want lots of any perennial plant so it's easier to buy them as plants.

    I'm pleased with them Damo - surprised but pleased.

    The problem is made worse by having most radiators under windows, Mark when you want your plants on the window sill but it suits the plants that need warmth that we couldn't grow without the heating!

    We bought some ready grown cyclamen last year, Elaine which we were told would be OK outside - they weren't so we only had a week or two from them. Growing them from seed was more to see if I could but I ended up having several months of interest from them.

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  6. So pretty and good coordination there.

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  7. Just hope they last for a long time to give some winter colour Diana

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  8. They look beautiful - I thought they were fine to grow outside though??? Is my memory failing? Again???

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  9. The garden centres reckon they can stay outside during winter Liz but the growing instructions say that they are tender perennials so basically they can stay outside as long as the frost isn't such that it kills them. Ours lasted about a fortnight last year. See last years post here

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  10. Gosh, well done, they look like lovely sturdy little plants.

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  11. They are BW I'm really pleased with them.

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  12. These are very pretty...will they stay as house plants or go in the garden next year?

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  13. Definitely stay in the house, Tanya - the next challenge will be to get them to flower again

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