I can hardly call this a new cyclamen, it’s been growing in this spot for at least a year and a half and prior to that spent about three years in a pot, slowly growing along. But it’s my first cyclamen purpurascens to bloom from seed, and that’s big and new, and of course I’m pleased 🙂
I can’t blame the plant for its tardiness, it was all me when it came down to trouble with this species, mostly because I think I over-pampered the poor thing. C. purpurascens is one of the hardiest of the cyclamen and I think when I put it under lights for the winter it would have rather just sat out and braved the cold.
So I finally followed some advice and they all get the tough love now. Seed pots go outside and even potted plants sit out somewhere sheltered from the snow. No complaints yet although I have little hope for the other 4 year old who froze away last winter in a more exposed location and hasn’t been seen since. Four years down the drain, but that’s how it goes sometimes.