CYCLAMEN

These are among the most artistic flowers for the warm greenhouse and reward the long patience needed to foster their slow growth from seedlings, during which time the corm is forming. Make the first sowing in August or first week of September and again in October for succession. Dibble the seeds about I in. apart and not more than /4 in. deep. Place the pans in a warm and moist position in the greenhouse at a temperature of 6o° F. When some seedlings are large enough for removal transfer to thumb pots, taking care not to insert them too deeply. As the plants develop, shift into larger pots. The Triumph strain may be gently forced, if required, in a temperature of 62 degrees F. to 65 degrees F. with abundant moisture, under which conditions they flourish and keep their rigid self-supporting habit. The plants respond to soil containing well-decayed farmyard manure, old hotbed manure or moss peat. Pink Fragrance is a fine rose-pink variety. Increase cyclamen annually by seed, if necessary. The corms are, however, very long-lived.

Cyclamen which flourish in the open have considerably smaller blossom, indeed they are dwarfs admirably suitable for the rockery. They are hardy, like a peat soil with leaf mould, and should be planted 18 in. apart, barely covering the corms with soil. Cyclamen neapolitanum bears rose-pink flowers in September. There is an even more lovely white form which is unaccountably scarce. C. repandum is red with fragrant blooms in April.

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