Posted: 31/12/2012 at 02:10
Hi Moonlit, I've been growing indoor cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum grandiflorum - the large scented ones) for a few years now and agree with the other comments - it's important that you let the seeds ripen on the plant and don't grow them in warm areas. I find them easy to grow from seed - in my case I soak them for 24h, then just sow them on top of a pot of compost, cover in grit, water them once and leave until they germinate. They produce a single normal leaf first (no 'seed leaves' like other plants.) When the second or third leaf appears, I (very carefully, so as not to damage the roots!) prick them out into 3 inch pots, so the top of the tiny corm is just visible. Mine are in flower now - lovely having them in full bloom over Christmas, and they'll go on flowering for months. When they stop producing flowers, I drastically reduce watering and let most of the leaves die off. In about July/August, they are usually completely dormant and I re-pot them in fresh compost, keeping most of the corm above the compost and cover the visible compost around the edges in grit. I find they prefer a 5 inch pot when they are over 2 years old. My oldest ones are now about 7yo and the corms have grown to about 4 inches across! I'll add a photo or two tomorrow.