Cyclamen coum is spring flowering, unlike the more commonly encountered Cyclamen hederifolium, and is completely hardy and relatively easy, flowering from January onwards. Its rosy pink flowers are a useful compliment to snowdrops, winter aconites and other early spring flowering bulbs, even thriving under trees and in short grass where it usually self-seeds! In the wild it is found in the mountains and coastal areas that border the southern and eastern Black Sea coasts from Bulgaria in the west through Georgia and the Crimea in the east.
Seeds should be sown at any time, and as soon as possible after you have received them. Sow the seeds thinly onto a gritty, loamy compost and cover about 6mm or 1/4 inch deep as light can inhibit germination. Keep at between 10 and 15 degrees C. Germination can take from one to twelve months and is generally erratic, a strategy that has evolved to protect the strain in the wild. Pot on into a low-organic content compost.
Common name: Eastern cyclamen, Cyclamen orbiculatum
Packet Content:20+ (Approx)