How to sow tender cyclamen seeds

How to sow tender cyclamen seeds

Learn how to grow pretty indoor cyclamens by sowing the seeds in pots, in our step by step guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do To do in July

Do To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Sowing cyclamen from seed is surprisingly easy, but it’s not a job for the impatient gardener – it can take a year or more before you’re rewarded with beautiful blooms.

To produce indoor plants you need to use seeds of tender large-flowered varieties, which are available in a wonderful range of colours.

Learn how to sow tender cyclamen seeds, below.

To produce indoor plants you need to use seeds of tender large-flowered varieties.
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You Will Need

  • Cyclamen seed
  • 10cm pot
  • Seed compost
  • Vermiculite
  • Sheet of glass
  • Black polythene

Step 1

Before sowing, soak the cyclamen seeds in warm water for at least 12 hours, to soften the seed coat, then rinse. Sow seeds into pots of compost, spacing them evenly.

Sowing cyclamen seed
Sowing cyclamen seed

Step 2

Sprinkle a layer of fine vermiculite or compost over the seeds until the surface is covered completely.

Sprinkling vermiculite over the cyclamen seed
Sprinkling vermiculite over the cyclamen seed

Step 3

Water, then cover with a sheet of glass and a layer of black polythene to shut out the light and encourage germination. Keep temperature no higher than 16° – 21°.

Watering the pot after sowing cyclamen seed
Watering the pot after sowing cyclamen seed

Step 4

Check pot regularly. Germination can take 30 – 60 days, and once the seedlings appear, remove the covering and pop your pot into a bright position.

Cyclamen seedlings
Cyclamen seedlings

Step 5

Leaves develop from a tiny tuber, and once two or three leaves have formed the plants can be potted up separately.

Small cyclamen plant
Small cyclamen plant

Step 6

Plant individually into 7.5cm pots of multi-purpose compost, keeping the tiny tuber level with the surface of the compost.

Potted cyclamen plant
Potted cyclamen plant

Step 7

Pot on into larger containers as your plants grow, watering them regularly and feeding them once a week. Most varieties should begin flowering about nine months after sowing. Keep them in a cool spot.

Potting on cyclamen plants
Potting on cyclamen plants
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Remove faded flowers or yellowing leaves by twisting stems and giving them a firm tug.

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