Cyclamen bulb's decline--suggestions?
I had a large ivy-leaf cyclamen, 6-7" wide and very flat, that I had been growing successfully for the past several years. Last year it went into its normal leafless dormancy, and by Spring it had completely rotted out. Is it normal for these corms to have a limited 'lifespan'? If I had divided the corm a couple of years ago, would it have made a difference?
Luckily, I have 3 little selfed seedlings from that plant that are doing well after one year, and any insights would be appreciated.
(I tend to keep cyclamens shallow-potted with the top of the corm exposed from the soil. During late winter dormancy I keep them in a cool room with no water or direct light for several months.)