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Invasion of the cyclamen!

Hi Gardeners!

We moved into a new house last year and I am constantly finding new surprises in the garden. 

In late autumn last year lots of pretty cyclamen started popping up and we’re flowering just before Christmas. 

However... they just seemed to keep growing and growing... and growing!

They have completely surrounded the rockery now and are starting to grow on the lawn. 

Anyone got got any ideas what I should do (if anything?)? 

(Please excuse the missing fence panel which blew down in recent storms)


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312
    they're easy enough to dig up, remove those you don't want. They'll die back soon until flowering time late summer/autumn

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,157
    edited April 2020
    Lol!  our fence blew down before Christmas ... the chap turned up to fix it just before lockdown as he knew I'd want to be getting on with putting that corner of the garden to rights ... bless him.  :disappointed:

    We too have lots of Cyclamen hederafolium as that half of our garden is quite shady so we aim for a 'woodland' theme  ... they do spread about a bit ... we get them appearing in the veg patch ... apparently ants spread the seeds ... the leaves will die down before long .... we have hostas and ferns in the same beds so as the cyclamen die down the hostas and ferns reappear.  If they appear where you don't want them just dig the corms up and give them to your friends who have shady gardens.  If they crop up in the lawn where you don't want them just mow ... you might still get the flowers appear in the lawn in the autumn, but that's not really a negative, is it?  


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Wow, I like successful plant surprises.  Probably tells you a lot about the growing conditions too, for when you want to start planting.

    Id leave them personally, and see how the full year goes for your garden.  Maybe add some other woodland shade loving plants where you have some bare patches ?
  • I would much rather have a patch of cyclamen than a lawn!
  • FireFire Posts: 17,395
    Keep and enjoy!
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