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Monday, January 28
Do you remember my cyclamen seedlings - the ones where I had to prick out about 4 dozen of them. (PS A few commenters seem to think these seedlings are from my outdoor cyclamen but they are seeds taken from my house plants).
I have been able to keep an eye on the ones living under the growing light in an upstairs room and knew that they were just fine. Growing slowly but surely.
I hadn't expected the ones left in our cold greenhouse to survive the recent cold period so once the snow had receded I decided to pop up to the greenhouse to see what sort of state things were in.
The cyclamen seeds are protected in an unheated propagator which in effect gives very little additional protection so I was surprised to find that the seedlings were just fine.
In fact there is very little difference between those in the house and those roughing it in the greenhouse. Maybe this will change later.
The cyclamen coum that I sowed last year are still flowering and I have ended up with at least two different flower colours. You may just be able to spot that the flower on the far left is a lighter shade.
Once these plants have bulked up a little I'll have to decided where in the garden will be a permanent home for them.
In case you were wondering the cyclamen don't have the grow light all to themselves as I've sown some leftover Little Gem lettuce seeds in a trough. The seeds germinated very quickly and will hopefully soon produce some fresh salad leaves.
I sowed some Saladin seeds in the 'empty' tray that you can just see but these haven't germinated so I'll sow a different variety to use the space until we need the grow light for some early seeds.
Posted by Sue Garrett at 5:07 pm