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Cyclamen persicum outside - how long?

Posted by parodise Germany (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 4, 13 at 13:40

Hello everyone,
I was wondering how long I should/could keep my florist's cyclamen outside (sunny balcony)? I have 2 varietes - a large-flowering one and mid-sized cyclamen. Our nights are 38-48F and during daytime temps stay between 50-62F. This week should be in the same range, later it should gradually start getting colder. The plants are still blooming, the medium is kept moist. Should I treat the large cyclamen differently from the midsized ones? Something tells me the larger ones might be a bit more tender and sensitive than the smaller ones and I do keep my large cyclamen at home in a cool room, it is also actively blooming.
I'll appreciate any comments - just curious how sturdy your plants are... Thanks.

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RE: Cyclamen persicum outside - how long?

I'd bring it in when you are regularly getting nights of less than about 5c. They can take cool but they can't take frost. Once inside they want to be as cool as possible and in bright light but not hot. I think the smaller ones are tougher but even they won't take deep freezes.

RE: Cyclamen persicum outside - how long?

that's what I guessed too. I'll follow your advice to keep them outside till the temps start dropping below 5C. I live in an area where people have lots of cyclamen out in their gardens/baskets/pots for fall decoration. So far the plants I have been observing in other people's gardens have been thriving in the weather we've had. I realize, though, these plants will be left outside until the frost kills them and they will be chucked to compost (sad part of most cyclamen life...). So I don't want to take any chances with mine.
thanks again.

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