Grows well in Whatcom County
Hardy cyclamen can survive brief and sometimes prolonged periods at temperatures below 0 degrees especially with snow cover. Weather buffers of trees, shrubs, buildings,
Weather buffers of trees, shrubs, buildings, the amount of moisture, the sun, etc. can make a difference in successfully growing cyclamen in severe cold. It is good to keep in mind that winter is their growing season when they need light and moisture.
Plant these Cyclamen hederifolium in partial sun along a garden walkway. Hardy Cyclamen are ideally suited to growing in a shaded rockery or naturalized in the light shade of woodland borders. They combine great with ferns, hardy perennials, and spring flowering bulbs.
Planted in beds of their own they will create a palate of amazing color. Hardy cyclamen are one of the few flowering plants that will grow in the dry shade, one of the most challenging spots in any garden. Cyclamen roots are non-competitive and can be planted among the roots of trees and large shrubs, both deciduous and evergreen.
Since cyclamen plants are small it is nice to plant somewhere you can observe them up close, near walkways, entryways and outdoor living areas.
Cyclamen also make excellent potted plants. There is much written about cyclamen pot culture and many growers and collectors grow exclusively in pots under glass. More information on planting in pots see Cyclamen Pot Culture.
Soil and Water
Sandy to clay soils are acceptable but should be well draining and loose with grit, compost or mulch. Wet and soggy soils with poor drainage will cause tubers to rot.
Hardy Cyclamen need watering in late summer and early fall to break dormancy and encourage new growth. Nature usually supplies enough moisture in these seasons, if not then watering by some other means may be necessary. In summer when plants go dormant most species need some small amount of moisture to keep roots from dying back which will decrease bloom.
Heavy deposits of tree leaves in fall should be brushed aside so growing cyclamen leaves get light. Avoid any raking or the tops of the tubers may be damaged. In freezing weather a light cover of leaves or evergreen boughs will help protect the plants, removing them as soon as possible. In late spring or early summer, the plant’s leaves will start to yellow and the plant will enter dormancy.