For most of us the Cyclamen is a pot plant – large, long-stemmed flowers with swept-back petals rising above heart-shaped decorative leaves. If this flower form appeals to you there are miniature hardy versions with 1 in. flowers to grow outdoors. You can choose your own flowering time – there are winter, spring, summer and autumn varieties.

VARIETIES: Choose from C. coum (red, pink or white flowers in December-March; green leaves), C. repandum (fragrant red, pink or white flowers in April; marbled leaves), C. europaeum (fragrant red flowers in July-September; silver-zoned leaves – the hardiest of all the species) or C. neapolitanum (red, pink or white flowers in August-November; marbled leaves).

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade is required.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time July-September. Planting depth 2 in.

Spacing: 6 in. Height 3-6 in.

Flowering period: see above.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds under glass in summer – plants cannot be divided.

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