FLOWER THAT KEEPS ON GIV­ING

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Cy­cla­mens (cy­cla­men per­sicum) come in a range of beau­ti­ful flower colours, from pinks and pur­ples through to white, scarlet and ma­genta, with some va­ri­eties hav­ing two toned flow­ers, ruf­fled petals or a light fra­grance. Cy­cla­mens’ heart-shaped leaves are at­trac­tive too and can have mot­tled colours.

Beau­ti­ful pot­ted cy­cla­mens be­come avail­able in the cooler months and many lucky mums would have re­ceived one for Mother’s Day. With a lit­tle care, cy­cla­mens can flower for many months and can be grown out­doors or indoors on a cool, well-ven­ti­lated, brightly lit win­dowsill.

When wa­ter­ing cy­cla­mens, only wa­ter the soil sur­face, avoid­ing wet­ting the flow­ers and fo­liage (to min­imise dis­ease) and only wa­ter when the soil feels a lit­tle dry. Re­move any spent flow­ers by twist­ing them off at the base and feed each fort­night with a potas­sium-en­riched liq­uid fer­tiliser.

When cy­cla­men leaves start to turn yel­low in late spring, re­duce wa­ter­ing and al­low the pot to dry out in prepa­ra­tion for their dor­mant phase dur­ing sum­mer.

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