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There is little less exciting in the garden than a deciduous Azalea in a container in winter but there is an answer ,they make very dense roots which are a challenge to plant anything successfully into and the fact that there is an overhead canopy in summer limits this even more,
Probably not surprisingly my answer was to scatter cyclamen seed on the surface and cover with a thin layer of grit,

Showing bare stems from above


self sown seedlings can be seen between the larger leaves
does not work every time in another container with a Maple growing the squirrels ripped the cyclamen out tearing the roots off but that’s another story.

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what a brilliant idea bjs. added to my favourites.

20 Feb, 2015

 

Definitely an Oh Wow moment - good thinking Brian.

20 Feb, 2015

 

An excellent idea, Brian, and so pretty 😊

20 Feb, 2015

 

Brilliant, I have cyclamen growing in a pot with skimma, like your idea too.

20 Feb, 2015

 

Great idea. These are a lovely colour.

20 Feb, 2015

 

I never thought of that, what a lovely idea.

21 Feb, 2015

 

Lovely idea and one to really think about. I need to put my deciduous azalea in a bigger pot first though. The cyclamen are gorgeous.

21 Feb, 2015

 

I love those little cyclamen flowers - I have seen a lot in peoples gardens - you say scatter the seed - my autumn ones were grown from a corm - so how do I get the Spring ones Brian ?- I would like to get them to naturalise with my snowdrops down by the wall under the shrubs -

21 Feb, 2015

 

They refuse to grow in my garden so no chance of them selfseeding, I 'll have to try your way, its certainly brightened up the pot...........

21 Feb, 2015

 

Brill , Bjs .

21 Feb, 2015

 

Looks great.

21 Feb, 2015

 

the spring ones are often Cyclamen coum.
I have lots of spring bulbs hidden in permanent containers they give me lots of joy too BJS

21 Feb, 2015

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Bjs
 

Jane
as Seaburngirl says these are cyclamen coum, on most listings they are classed as winter flowering but a lot depends on the hardness of our winter which month we have the flowers the true spring one is Cyclamen Repandum ,that one does not like drying out in summer so not a good choice for a container.
If you can wait for the seed to ripen in the Summer I will send you some

21 Feb, 2015

 

Brian that would be lovely I will sort the postage out with you - I love them they are so delicate - we have left the garden under our boundary wall to naturalise - the snowdrops love it and also Bluey our collie likes to socialise with passers by - so we have planted shrubs there - witch hazel - azeala and a camelia and miniature buddlea for the butterflies - enjoy your week - Jane

21 Feb, 2015

 

Pause to write down the name Cyclamen Repandum -
will check T&M catalogue.
Thanks.

22 Feb, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Diane Long Acre plants have them listed as plants for sale. they are often in small numbers and go very quickly.
B

22 Feb, 2015

 

Just checked. T&M catalogue Page 183. Cyclamen .
All the year round flowering mixed. Thrives in the shade. HP. 16 seeds.
99p. TXO2900.

Seems about right. They hadnt space for the Rependum detail.

Now I just have to find some shade !

22 Feb, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Diane depends how fussy you are, personally I would not entertain buying them mixed ,reasons being Cyclamen Hederifolium the autumn one produces thousands of seed
and the winter one C. Coum produces large amounts, C Repandum on the other hand in my garden produces far less ,And knowing T&M as I do there will be very few if any in a selection.
Just Looked at Chiltern Seed they have them listed about £4.00 dearer but you would be getting what you are looking for
I could go on suffice to say you plant Repandum deeper than the other so how you get on with mixed ones I am not sure
sorry they are a pet love of mine and I am going on.
B

22 Feb, 2015

 

Thank you Brian for this good advice.

23 Feb, 2015

 

Very good Brian...I love Cyclamen. Particularly at this time of year!

23 Feb, 2015

 

You are right about the dense roots, have just spent ages trying to get Spanish bluebells out of the roots of a deciduous Azalea in the garden. My idea was to plants my silver leaved Cyclamen seedlings beneath, but I am now toying with buying a pot of Eranthus instead for there, but know that Eranthus prefer an alkaline soil. Mmm! May be solution 1.

27 Feb, 2015

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Bjs
 

Siris
there is a bluebell seeded in the pot with the cyclamen it will have to come out ,have you noticed how far down the bulbs are ,think I am going to knock the whole lot out of the pot (don't think the roots it will fall to pieces)And see if I can extract it from the bottom then give it a bit larger pot I know it needs it.

27 Feb, 2015

 

Hopefully the bluebell bulb is at the bottom of the pot and you can pull it out from the bottom. I sometime think if the bulb breaks off low down, it divides next year into lots of smaller ones and then the problem is compounded.

27 Feb, 2015

bjs
Bjs
 

Siris that's my thinking and agree about breaking off ,I shall waitt until the Azalea has flowered and then try.

27 Feb, 2015

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