Cyclamen plants commonly found in houseplant collections or grocery stores are undoubtedly attractive, but they are typically not the robust outdoor varieties suitable for planting in your garden.
The hardy cyclamen found at SummerWinds boast striking clusters of silvery-white foliage, adorned with heart-shaped leaves that beautifully complement the vibrant hues of pink, red, white, and purple flowers. Cyclamen typically begin their enchanting display in early fall and continue to flourish until they enter their dormant phase in late spring.
Reasons Cyclamen are such a popular choice for Bay Area gardens in California:
- Winter Color: Cyclamen typically bloom during the fall and winter months when many other plants are not in flower. Their colorful, delicate flowers add a burst of color to gardens and landscapes, making them a popular choice for brightening up the cool, rainy season in the Bay Area.
- Versatility: Cyclamen are versatile and can be grown both outdoors and indoors. They are often used in outdoor garden beds, containers, and as potted plants. Their adaptability makes them suitable for various gardening styles, from traditional gardens to modern landscapes.
- Low Maintenance: Cyclamen are relatively low-maintenance plants. They require well-drained soil, protection from direct sunlight, and regular watering during their growing season. In the Bay Area, where water conservation is important, these plants can thrive without excessive water use.
- Variety: Cyclamen come in various species and cultivars, offering a wide range of colors, sizes, and leaf patterns. This diversity allows gardeners in the Bay Area to choose cyclamen that complement their garden designs and personal preferences.
- Long Blooming Period: Cyclamen flowers can last for several weeks or even months, ensuring that the garden remains vibrant and attractive during the Bay Area's cooler months.
- Pest and Disease Resistance: Cyclamen are generally less susceptible to common pests and diseases, making them a relatively hassle-free choice for gardeners in the Bay Area.
- Tradition and Aesthetics: Cyclamen have a long history as ornamental plants, and their unique, twisted flower shape and striking foliage make them a popular choice for adding beauty and charm to gardens, both in the Bay Area and around the world.
Planting & Care for Your Cyclamen
Planting and care of hardy cyclamen is simple and the plants require minimal maintenance to look their best.
- Hardy cyclamen grows in nearly any type of loose, well-drained soil.
- Dig a few inches of mulch, compost, or other organic matter into the soil before planting.
- Plant cyclamen 6 to 10 inches apart in shade to part shade.
- Water carefully to keep water from splashing on flowers to prevent spotting.
- Remove spent flowers to keep plants looking fresh.