In my early teens I developed a passion for plants. I'd always liked the Cyclamen as a house plant and one day in the school greenhouse I encountered for the first time one of the Cyclamen species (it was hederifolium). I was immediately entranced and Cyclamen species remain one of my main interests.
Here in the UK you can grow a number of the species outdoors. Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum are quite common in gardens, the other species less so. For the Cyclamen species enthusiast most of the plants tend to be grown in the greenhouse or frames because they are tender, small or rare. If you are interested in growing Cyclamen I would suggest you start with the easy ones, Cyclamen hederifolium, Cyclamen coum or Cyclamen cilicium. These are generally hardy in the temperate regions. If you live somewhere with hotter climate then you may find other species easier. Whatever you decide to try I’d strongly advise not buying dried tubers. In the past they were ripped from the wild, but however they are originally sourced, dried tubers often grow poorly (if at all). It is better to get plants in a pot, or at worst freshly lifted tubers. But best of all I would suggest trying them from seed. I have a page on this. I also recommend joinging the Cyclamen Society. Among other things they have a fresh(ish) seed distribution. Although the society is UK based seed is sent to the US, Canada, Australia and possibly Japan. See Cyclamen Society website.
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