Cyclamen Verano The following basic suggestions are offered to help achieve fast, uniform
Cyclamen Can only be grown in cold hilly areas, it’s not suitable for all areas, do research before making purchase
cyclamen seed germination:
1. Seed should be as fresh as possible. Storing seed for long periods
before use will probably significantly lower the germination percentage.
2. Sow seed 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep in flats filled with moist, nutrient-enriched moss peat^.
If seed is sown too deep, seedling emergence is delayed
and the corm’s growing point may be below the soil surface. If seed is sown
too shallow, the seedling’s root system may not be properly anchored.
3. Environmental conditions: cyclamen seed germinates best in complete
darkness at 65°-68° F. with fairly high humidity (70 percent), and good air
circulation. Such conditions are more readily obtained in a basement room
or dark chamber (it can be air conditioned) than in a greenhouse. Flats can
be stacked one on top of another if separated by small wood sticks to provide
air space between them. The peat should be kept moist. It if becomes too
dry, germination will be delayed, whereas excessive moisture cuts down on the
oxygen supply, also hindering germination. When the peat surface begins to
lighten in color, the flats should be watered. Usually one or two waterings
are needed during the germination period, depending on air circulation and
4. Disease prevention: cyclamen seed are susceptible to attack by
Botrytis and other fungal pathogens. Fungus infection can be minimized in
several ways. The germination chamber should be disinfected if possible.
Wood or plastic flats can be disinfected with sodium hypochlorite or a
similar disinfectant, but the disinfected flats should be washed with clean
water as the disinfectant may inhibit germination. If freshly sown seed flats
of wood are allowed to stand in a well-ventilated area for 4-5 hours, the
sides and bottoms of the flats can dry out, thus lessening the possibility
of fungal growth on the germinating medium. The germination chamber floor
and walls should be dry, since excessively high humidity encourages fungal