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Re: Cyclamen


Bonnie,
Thanks for the tip, sounds like a lot of work, though.
I planted some tulips in the fall and covered them thickly with pine needles and they are coming up.
Our backyard is fenced and walled in because of our pool. So only flying predators can diminish the squirrel population. They seem to know it and are very brazen.
A wildlife specialist told us at a MG lecture that it is illegal in VA to trap and transport squirrels and any other wildlife for that matter. Haven't done it yet, am sure tempted.

Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon VA




----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 9:07 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Cyclamen


Godi, put all squirrel susceptible bulbs in chicken wire boxes and plant
bulbs inside those boxes. The chicken wire hurts the squirrels' paws and
they will leave those protected bulbs alone. I can't tell you how many
tulip bulbs I lost until I started doing this and it really works well.

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of MICHAEL HABIB
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 8:32 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Cyclamen

Hi Marge,
Great to hear from you again.
I planted a few C. bulbs with loving care (pretty expensive bulbs) and the
squirrels got them all, I hate those critters!
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon VA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Help with H. americana!


You're welcome, Kitty.  If the MGs don't know that Cyclamen go
dormant...sheesh!  Well, could be the ones from Ellen are still with
them and they'll find out this fall or poss. they were devoured by
critters or allowed to get too dry or something else.  Cyclamen don't
do well with a lot of other larger perennials growing over top them.
Gotta place them so there's not too much competition.

Interesting that the ones you got from Ellen bloomed last month...what
were they.....C. coum?  Or did you have them inside or something.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
mtalt@hort.net
Shadyside Garden Designs

----------
From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>

Thanks Marge.  All that i about the Cyclamen  is helpful to know.
I'll pass
the dormancy info on to the MGs that wanted them, so they'll
understand.  I
got them some Cyclamen last year  from Seneca and they said they
died;
wanted to try again.  It just occurred to me that the Seneca ones
may not be
dead after all.  The ones I got from Seneca a few years ago bloomed
last
month and have a few nice leaves.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
> Ah, Kitty, well, if they're in leaf with small root systems, then
> keep them moist or they'll wilt and keep them cool.  They want
light
> but not, necessarily direct sun nor really bright light.  If they
> start leaning toward the light source, you'll know they'd like a
bit
> more light.   No telling about bloom.  Normally, they'll try to
throw
> flowers before they leaf out and during the process.  These have
> prob. been grown in a g.h. environment and kept in leaf to
increase
> tuber size.
>
> They will probably want to go dormant as warm weather arrives -
let
> them.  When they do, reduce watering but don't let them go bone
dry.
>
> Understand your reluctance to experiment on plants you don't own,
but
> you ought to give one a whirl and put some of your own stuff in
it
> and see how it does for you.  Then you'll know and if it works as
> well for you as it did for me, it ought to make your life easier
as
> caretaker for the 'garden' plants.
>
> Marge
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Shadyside Garden Designs
>
>
>
>
> ----------
>> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
>>
>> The Cyclamen are in leaf; don't know if they've already
flowered.
>>
>> Thanks for the cold frame info.  I get pretty scared about
testing
> something
>> like that on plants that aren't my own, though.  I just never
> expected Greer
>> to ship so soon; thought they'd wait until proper shipping time
for
> my zone.
>> I neglected to fill in the  space on their form to request a
date.
>
>
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