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St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Cyclamen coum subsp. coum f. coum 'Pewter Group'

  • Season Icon Late AutumnLate Autumn 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

I’ve been growing a few of this particular cyclamen from bought seed in 2017, and they are developing well, second year leaves haven’t come through yet but the developing tubers are so tiny still, you could mistake them for granules in the soil! But I had the pleasure of visiting Ashwood Nurseries last week as part of my course and decided to take the opportunity to buy a pot of it as a backup 😉.... oh, and maybe a few others! 🤦🏼‍♂️😂

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s one of their specialities - and it was very special to visit their stock glasshouse where they keep all the mother plants for propagation. They pot all of their cyclamen in clay pots (which is what I’ve started to do to) and they looked in amazing condition although they were undercover too. They re-pot them also every year, although the chap who gave us the cyclamen did say ideally he’d prefer to re pot every two years.

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richard.spicer.7906

Cyclamen form tubers, the leaves and flowers emerge from the top, and roots emerge from the bottom. True to form, this is a beautiful silver pewter leaved group. This cultivar has a bit of variation in it, hence why they call it a ‘group’ rather than individual. This one will have pink magenta flowers #cyclamen #cyclamencoum #cyclamen-coum #cyclamencoumpewtergroup #foliage #silverfoliage #silver-foliage

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nej

Nice coloured leaves. They are slow to grow

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jpea

That is superb foliage Rich @richard.spicer.7906

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sherrisgarden

Really preeeeetyy !!

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pelly

Interesting Rich, and gorgeous foliage 👍👍

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awomanonabike

Gorgeous Rich. There are definitely plants that prefer clay pots aren’t there - and they look so nice too 😃

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Vadakken

They look fabulous! @richard.spicer.7906

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jyotu

Lovely foliage 😍

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rachelbrooks

Love this one! 💚

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kimguy

They are adorable.😍 Congrats on growing from seed👏

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  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

Good morning 😀 - finally a rest day, we’ll actually a Garden day for me. Busy busy busy right now! Thought I’d post a progress report for some of my seedlings - Cyclamen coum subsp. Pewter Group - coming on nicely I think 👍🏼 #cyclamencoumpewtergroup #cyclamen #cyclamen-seedlings #cyclamencoum #cyclamen-coum #propagation-cyclamen #cyclamen-propagation

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pelly

Morning Richard, all your seedlings seem to be doing well, that's great. 👍👍👍

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richard.spicer.7906

And here's what they look like today - 23rd July. They have been outside in the growhouse in a shady spot now since the beginning of June. I'm trying to keep these going over summer without the developing tubers going dormant. I don't expect much new growth now on these until the end of the year, and then I'll start to pot them on individually.

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richard.spicer.7906

#cyclamen #cyclamen-advice #cyclamen-coum #seeds #sowing #cyclamencoum #cyclamencoumpewtergroup #cyclamen-propagation #propagation-cyclamen

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fuschia

Ahhh 👌👌👌👌

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richard.spicer.7906

After around 10 weeks, on the 2nd April, the seeds were showing signs of germination. I removed them from the dark warm cupboard to a brighter spot on the kitchen windowsill. In the close up on the bottom, you can see the remains of the seed case on the tip of the new leaf stalk. Even though it's tempting to pull these loose, don't. They degrade eventually and you risk damaging the emerging leaf.

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richard.spicer.7906

#cyclamen #cyclamen-advice #cyclamen-coum #seeds #sowing #cyclamencoum #cyclamencoumpewtergroup #cyclamen-propagation #propagation-cyclamen

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kathy

Good picture they are so skinny

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mich

It's so good to see new shoots coming up..fab! 🌱

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richard.spicer.7906

This might help Leigh 👍🏼 @Puddings_pies

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richard.spicer.7906

@pottyplot - these are about 10 weeks after sowing

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Earlier this year, I thought I'd try my hand at growing Cyclamen from seed. I found a good selection at Ashwood nurseries, and started these off in January. From Top Left to Bottom Right.... 1) Seeds as arrived 2) prepare shallow pots with John Innes seed compost, some grit and small amount of silver sand mixed in to help with drainage 3) soak seeds for 24 hours in a washing up liquid solution - this helps degrade the outer sticky coating on the seeds which inhibits germination....

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4) sow thinly on the soil surface (I used a pair of tweezers to space them out), then cover with a quarter inch layer of washed Horticultural grit. Water in lightly. I then kept them in a warm dark cupboard (my electricity cupboard 😂) at a constant temperature of between 15-18 degrees Celsius. Here they stayed for about 10 weeks.... (this was in January 2017)

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richard.spicer.7906

#cyclamen #cyclamen-advice #cyclamen-coum #seeds #sowing #cyclamencoum #cyclamencoumpewtergroup #cyclamen-propagation #propagation-cyclamen

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mich

I was just planning some of my winter flowers for the garden yesterday Richard I've got all my cyclamen from last year but this looks interesting I just might have a go..fab instructions and advice 👍

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richard.spicer.7906

@mich 😊🙏🏼

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ukjohnny

..top info Rich

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richard.spicer.7906

Cheers John 😊 @ukjohnny

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richard.spicer.7906

Here’s a better picture of the seeds @Puddings_pies

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Puddings_pies

Yeah, but mine are green and sized like small peas. Maybe mine are baby coum's then?

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richard.spicer.7906

Baby corms I think are pinky beige colour for cyclamen rather than green. But perhaps time will tell as they get bigger. The emerging leafs will definitely help on an ID.

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richard.spicer.7906

@pottyplot - here’s the notes on when I sowed them 👍🏼

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pottyplot

Thankyou thats very helpful

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