Trial and error with cyclamen.

IMG_9715It took me a while to propagate my own cyclamen from seeds. I wasn’t quite sure how to do it as I had so many unanswered questions. I didn’t know half as much as I know now about collecting seed, seed viability and it’s maturity. I’m still learning about all of these things but I’ve cracked the cyclamen seed pod now, pardon the pan.

When I’ve spotted the seed pod it was sealed shut. I then watched it like a hawk, for what seemed like and age, to do anything, open up, split etc but it wasn’t doing anything. It just looked the same. Eventually I gave up and busied myself with something else for some weeks. Finally, on another inspection, a lot later, I saw the dried up and opened seed pod and of course, I smiled to myself, thinking “you can’t rush nature”.

The web says that your cyclamen wouldn’t flower in the first year but it wasn’t the case for me. I got flowers and the biggest surprise was not just the fact that it flowered in the first year, but the type of flower that it produced. Because I had two different colour cyclamens growing next to each other, it seems they have cross pollinated and created my dual colour hybrid cyclamen.

It is always an amazing feeling for me when I manage to successfully propagate a plant of any kind from seed but this little cyclamen is one of my favourite plants I grew this way. It took a few months to germinate and a year to grow leaves and flower but I have a feeling it will keep going for me for a while:-)

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