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by Pippa Greenwood

There are some things always guaranteed to bring about a heated discussion. At one end of the spectrum are religion, the education system and global warming.


Pippa holding some cyclamen plantsThere are some things always guaranteed to bring about a heated discussion. At one end of the spectrum are religion, the education system and global warming (not necessarily in that order of importance) and at the other end is, amongst other topics, winter hardiness.

In particular, what should be sold as a suitable ingredient for a winter container or bedding display and what should not? Take the cyclamen. Often for sale at this time of year as a small potted plant, it's generally labelled 'winter cyclamen' or 'winter hardy cyclamen' or something similar. With its classic, dark green foliage richly patterned with silvery white decorations and stunning flowers, it certainly holds a lot of appeal.

But how hardy are they? Although I live in the south, my hill top house gets its fair share of miserable weather. This year I have succumbed yet again to the charms of the cyclamen. I find they do well in a container fairly close to the house; sometimes they even perform for a second year.



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Gardeners' World Web User 15/12/2007 at 18:38

I have a five and a half acre plot in Ross-Shire Northern Scotland. Half an acre of which is overrun with a bamboo which is 8-10 feet tall, leaves 4 -6 inches long , many remaining on the plant throughout the winter.Thin woody stems. Very invasive. Name - sorry despite much searching through the RHS Bible and others I cannot identify.The area is very wet to the point of being boggy in places. However the overall plot soil type is sandy loam. The bamboo is overshaddowed by many fair size trees. Any thoughts as to how I can rid myself of this beautiful, in moderation plant, a curse in the volume I have.

Gardeners' World Web User 18/01/2008 at 00:38

Please can someone tell me do cyclamens flower more than once in the same season, or are there meant to be a succession of flowers. Do you dead head them when the flowers go soggy? Or being up near the Peak District perhaps its too cold and exposed? Advice appreciated please as I am a novice gardener. Thanks

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

HELP!!! Can anyone tell me if it's too late for me to split the lovely pinks in my garden. The plant is huge and I want to split it into 6 for 7 smaller ones and plant around the garden. Is there an easy way to do this??