Cyclamen is a plant most commonly associated with a pot in the window frame in autumn or at most in a group in a pot on the entrance stairs. But how many people know that it can be grown in flower beds in Sweden?
The forumists tell about their own experiences in text and image about how to grow and where to get seeds and seedlings. The picture above is from 'Kenneth K in Gothenburg'. 'Mrp' shows off his white cyclamen. You will find more pictures if you follow the link below.
Forum thread about Cyclamen
Popular names: Cyclamen
Scientific name: Cyclamen spp.
Type of plant: Bulbous plant
Description: The cyclamen originates from the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. In Sweden, it is both durable and easy to grow, even though it does not really belong here. The most common colors are pink and purple, but you can also get white cyclamen. The flower has five petals that are twisted and bent backwards. The leaves are green and shaped like hearts or kidneys. They often have beautiful silvery shifts.
Size: 8-15 cm high, 20-25 cm wide
Growing zone: I-III
Flowering season: March-April or September-October
Soil / location: The soil should be well drained and may contain plenty of lime and nutrients. Cyclamen feels best if it is allowed to grow in partial shade or shade, for example in a place where the shade wanders during the day. If you want to grow cyclamen in a fairly sunny place, you can choose the species Cyclamen cilicium.
To put the bulbs: Whether to plant in autumn or spring depends on which species you intend to grow. Prepares the soil in April or August depending on the species. Dig a 2 dm deep pit and improve the drainage by filling 5 cm of it with gravel, after loosening the soil at the bottom of the hole. Mix the excavated soil with compost and bone meal and fill half the hole. (If the soil in your garden is acidic, you should also add lime.) Place the tubers in the pit and cover with soil. Press and water thoroughly.
Care: Cyclamen does not consume much nutrients and fertilizer is therefore not necessary. However, it is good to give the flowers rich compost every spring. During the winter, it is good if you protect the cyclamen bulbs with dry leaves, spruce twigs or the like. Do not use cover material that binds moisture as it can damage the onion. If you have spring-flowering cyclamen and there is a risk of bare frost in the spring, you can use non-woven fabric to minimize the damage.
Pour a splash on the dish or in the outer pot so that the plant is kept slightly moist. If you have your cyclamen outdoors, you can water the soil at the edge of the pot. Cyclamen likes soft water, so feel free to water with rainwater. Water with a weak nutrient solution and avoid watering the tuber and leaves.
The plant wants it quite cool and preferably low temperatures at night. Cyclamen therefore thrives on glazed balconies and conservatories. The plant can withstand temperatures down to 0 ° C and recovers even after light frost. However, it does not overwinter outdoors. Normal room temperature also works, but then it does not bloom as long.
Withered stalks are spun a couple of turns and pulled up with a jerk.
A clay pot fits perfectly, it reduces the risk of overwatering because the soil dries faster in clay pots than in plastic pots. Cyclamen is a versatile plant. Because it works great both indoors and outdoors, there are many ways to use it.
Did you know that there are hardy cyclamen for the garden? At Zetas, a small population grows in the crevices by the cafe. Autumn cyclamen, Cyclamen hederifolium blooms from September to October. The flowers shimmer in pink and smell! It thrives in loamy and calcareous soil.
Last Sunday we had a real autumn fix day at home in the garden. I emptied all the summer flower pots and filled them with autumn coloring. I really like the alum root which is available in a variety of colors. I mixed several different varieties in the bowls on the patio table. Bronze, red and.
Cyclamen is one of my favorite plants in the fall. There is something about the flower's expression that I like but cannot really describe.
I have put a few pieces in the large clay pots with alum root on the terrace table.
They do not get water at this time of year when they are outdoors. The moist soil is enough. The cyclamen can withstand some minus degree and when it gets really cold I usually put on a non-woven fabric. They usually stay nice throughout November.
The glass bottles on the table are left outside for a while longer.
I have also put the cyclamen in some copper bowls indoors.
Remember not to give your cyclamen too much water. Water with nutrients throughout the flowering period. I prefer to water the barrel so that the tuber does not get water and rot. They thrive in a bright location and preferably a little cooler.
I usually pull up withered flowers from the tuber so that no piece is left and becomes a breeding ground for decay.
Cyclamen are very fine and durable as cut flowers. It is a cheap potted plant from which you can get a lot of beauty. Both for pot and vase.
Ask for Swedish-grown in your shop. The closer they are grown..the better for the environment. Right?
Voltaire's book "Candide" concludes with the recommendation that you should "cultivate your garden". To be able to cultivate this garden, you have to take part in and think through your experiences in order to then be "cultivated". This means that one must transform events into experiences, which in turn can be transformed into knowledge and wisdom. The whole of Voltaire's message was probably to learn from his experiences.
Suffering is an experience that can be experienced in many different ways: visual, physical or social pain. Suffering thus does not only mean physical pain, but can easily transform into other types of suffering, such as poverty, starvation or death. During the course of the story, Candide accumulates an enormous amount of experience and thus learns to handle different situations better.
If we now live in the best of worlds, you can, from the experiences that the world gives us, create our own interpretation, thus start growing your own garden. The world Candide experiences is a very evil world that not many people experience during their lifetime. Murder, rape, war and natural disasters are "evil" events. Candide draws conclusions.
As Candide becomes more and more convinced that they must be something better than the world he lives in now, he begins to philosophize about settling in the countryside with his love Kunigunda. Only there can he get a sense of order, freedom, peace and the opportunity to build on his own knowledge and thus cultivate himself
Candide probably begins to doubt Pangloss and his ideal world as Candide is constantly exposed to injustice, abuse, violence, and natural disasters, etc. After Candide was in Eldorado, only one longing for love appeared - Kunigunda.
Growing your garden is completely in line with the ideas of the Enlightenment, which is a utilitarian ideal that involves:
"that this life is the only thing about which we know anything, and that man's goal is to seek to reduce suffering and provide an opportunity for as many as possible to be happy."
Through hard work and useful activities, one can achieve success and happiness. Philosophical thoughts and ideals were thus of no value, which is a bit paradoxical given Voltaire's employment.
Voltaire is also very critical of the division of society into different class societies and the church.
You can very easily notice how Voltaire lets his own opinions be expressed through different people. Probably this is most noticeable towards the end when Pangloss claims that all their misfortune has made them now they can finally enjoy life better and then Candide replied