Cyclamen

This is what my garden cyclamen look like right now! I think it's Neapolitan but not sure, they flower December onwards.
In past years I have tried resting one of these globules on a shallow dish filled with the same soil they're in, thinking I might propagate them that way but it came to nothing.
Question for @ChrisGibson: was I on the right track? 
How does the process carry on from these bulblets? Or are they seed capsules?


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  • Hmm...  They look suspiciously like the snails who just love to feast on my cyclamen (which is why I don't have any left!)  Sigh.
  • Marika - I am not an expert on these, but I reckon they are seed pods (not seeds). So it would be better to let the pods dry out and then try and germinate the extracted seeds. Extract from a specialist nursery website:

    'Seed should be sown as fresh as possible. If sown by late summer or early fall, it generally germinates the next growing season, fall or spring depending on the species. There are several accepted ways to sow and germinate cyclamen seed, some more scientific and involved than others. Cool temperatures (below 59 ° F/15 ° C) and darkness are required, but these can be provided in many ways, artificially or naturally. The following method has worked well, generally giving timely, high-percentage germination.

    The same compost used for mature plants is used for seed, which is surface sown and covered with a ½-inch (c.1 cm) layer of grit. After watering, the pots are stood in a shady place and kept evenly moist. When the time is right, the seeds germinate and the fun begins, although the first season, most species make only a single, usually unmarked leaf. It is beneficial to keep the seedlings growing as long as possible, keeping them cool, shaded, and well watered.' http://www.edgewoodgardens.net/articles/the_magic_of_cyclamen.html

  • Thanks Chris, I'll give that a go. A 'single leaf' ... looks like patience will be needed ;)
  • My cyclamen hederifolium self seeds without any assistance, the little seed pods seem to be 'pushed' down into the soil by  their spiral stems. You can then end up with lots almost on top of each other, needing to be thinned out.

    By the way if you are going to try sowing the seed my old RHS book suggests soaking them for 10 hours then rinsing.

    Good luck

  • @pitfall, at what point do you do this thinning out - when they've got that first single leaf?
    You're right, they're crowding on top of each other and I'm afraid I might lose them all if I don't do something. They haven't got much space to go where they are now.
  • I just tried transplanting them when the little leaves looked big enough to handle - I think they had paired leaves, about a centimetre across. I looked closely at some of my seed and they have ripened, one end opening up like a flower showering the fine seeds into the soil. A bit like some thing from the Triffids!
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