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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:59 pm    Post subject: planting cyclamen tubers + bluebells Reply with quote

Hello
I am a learner gardener with a new large garden and lots of questions!

My immediate question is about planting cyclamen tubers. I have about 20 tubers each of cyclamen hederifolium and cyclamen coum. They both appear to like the same conditions but should they be planted together and if so at what distance and in what arrangement?

Some online advice suggests planting them together, and that seems to make sense as they flower in different seasons. But others seem to think that hederifolium will eventually take over if they are planted in the same place.

Also, if anyone has tips about planting bluebell bulbs (non scripta, that is) to maximise the chances that they will naturalise, that would be great.

Your advice would be much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for the cyclamen i would plant them 30 cm apart, scattered to give a natural look rather than in lines, The Bluebells would do well in an open woodland setting, Best of luck and welcome to the group we are short questions here at the moment so keep posting.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for your reply -- would you plant both hederifolium and coum together, or keep them separate? this source here
http://www.sarahraven.com/articles/growing_cyclamen.htm
advises against planting together.

also, this one suggests a distance of 4-6" rather than 30cm...
https://www.humeseeds.com/efcycl.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I didnt look at either sites but Planting them close i.e. 4/6 inches will give you bulk if you have loads, I would still plant them 1 ft apart but that is just my preference there is no golden rule it depends on what you want to achieve a natural look or a formal look. Yes I would plant them together, mix them up variety is the spice of life. Not everyone would agree but that is what I would do, dont forget to post a pic in the Spring as we are a curious bunch here.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: cyclamen coum and hederifolium Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Sorry I didnt look at either sites but Planting them close i.e. 4/6 inches will give you bulk if you have loads, I would still plant them 1 ft apart but that is just my preference there is no golden rule it depends on what you want to achieve a natural look or a formal look. Yes I would plant them together, mix them up variety is the spice of life. Not everyone would agree but that is what I would do, dont forget to post a pic in the Spring as we are a curious bunch here.


thanks, Greengage. I guess if I intersperse them and keep 4-6" between each tuber, that means about 8-12" between tubers of each distinct type? certainly hope to have presentable photos and will post them if so...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A word of caution about the bluebells. They are lovely but they are also very vigorous spreaders if the conditions are right so be careful where you put them as they will swamp your cyclamen. ( I write from experience!!!)
Wild garlic (Ransomes) do well in a woodland setting and have very attractive flowers. They can be invasive, too.
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