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Cyclamen balearicum

Balearic cyclamen

A tuberous perennial, to 5cm in height, with scallop-edged, heart-shaped leaves,mid- or grey-green heavily mottled with silver above, dark red underneath. Delicate, strongly fragrant flowers, with swept back petals in white or pale pink, appear with the leaves in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink White Red Green Grey Silver
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Balearic Islands, S France

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a cool glasshouse or bulb-frame in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould, peat substitute and sharp sand. Plant with the tops of the tubers just at the surface. Provide bright, filtered light and moderate humidity. Water moderately when in growth but reduce humidity and water as the leaves fade. Keep completely dry when dormant. Apply a low-nitrogen liquid fertiliser every two months when in full leaf. See hardy cyclamen cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in darkness as soon as ripe. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours then rinse, prior to sowing

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Mediterranean climate plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Prone to glasshouse red spider mite, vine weevil and cyclamen mite under glass

Diseases

Grey moulds may be a problem

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