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JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

Hello all

I bought a couple of cyclamen back in July ish time. They were flowering  and still have a few flowers. Confusion sets in because I thought these little guys were supposed to be dormant through summer and flower Autumn/winter time! If that's supposed to be the case what should I do(if anything) with them  will they be ok if indeed their 'body clock' has been disrupted?image



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245

    Thereare different types of cyclamen judojub. don't worry - I get confused by them too! 

    The autumn/wintery ones are hederifolium....I think...

    They flower before the foliage appears and have the lovely spiral stems which produce the new seeds.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108


    This is mine. Thank you for that fairy girl!! Its just been flowering since I bought it and showing no signs of dying off yet. I will let them get on with it then. Thank you! 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    C. hederifloium are sometimes called autumn cyclamen but mine are always flowering by July, and mostly continue right through til late November. Flowers before foliage as Fairy says. I haven't got much foliage yet. Hederifolium means like ivy, that's what the leaves look like, (some more than others)

    C. coum has flowers and leaves at the same time, a much rounder leaf, flowers around the new year or later depending on weather.

    There are lots more species but those are the two most common hardy ones.

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    I think mine are purperescens? (Sorry for spelling). The description seems to match and they are summer bloomers apparently 

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    Ok. Thanks Nutcutlet. I am just going to see how long it goes on for and it'lol sleep when it's good and ready! :)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    On looking at the photo I'm not sure that's hederifolium. 

    Did it have leaves in July?

    Just picked up your last post, purpurescens, yes, I'd forgotten that one. I don't think that has a dormant period, or not much of one

    Last edited: 08 September 2016 18:27:24

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108
    nutcutlet says:

    On looking at the photo I'm not sure that's hederifolium. 

    Did it have leaves in July?

    See original post

     Yes nut. Leaves, flowers, everything!!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    See my last post,editedimage

  • JudojubJudojub Posts: 108

    Thank you!! image

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,834

    Not C, purpurescens either. Leaves are wrong. That is a fairly standard C. persicum. Kept in the right conditions it will flower for months. Not hardy though so once temps drop below 5c it is going to struggle.

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