Silverheart™ Scarlet Cyclamen Flower Seeds
Start the seeds now for exquisite blooms in 6 months -- and beautiful foliage on a neat little plant long before that!
SilverHeart™ Scarlet is the ideal houseplant for a 3½-, 4-, or 5-inch pot. Just 8 to 10 inches high and wide, it forms a neat little rosette of heart-shaped deep green leaves overlaid with pewter in a fascinating mottled pattern. The dark green edges shape each "silver heart" perfectly, making this one sweetheart of a plant!
The blooms are very abundant, clustered together in the center of the plant like flames. Of their 5 petals, 4 are held straight up, while the 5th turns down, for a distinctive look that distinguishes Cyclamen instantly! As the blooms pass, twist or cut off its dark flowering stem at the base, for a cleaner, healthier look. But expect the flowers to continue for 8 to 10 weeks!
In the home or office, this plant likes cool conditions (about 55 to 65 degrees F) and bright but indirect light. If you want winter blooms, sow it in mid- to late spring, following the instructions below.
SilverHeart™ Scarlet is one of the few C. persicum varieties that fares well in the garden as well as the home. It is much more heat-tolerant than older Cyclamen, so although it may die back in summer, it should reappear in fall and bloom from September through the first frosts. Give it partial shade, let it dry out a bit between watering, and keep the plant clean. It's as simple as that!
Starting Cyclamen from seed can be a challenge, but SilverHeart™ has a high germination rate, and if you follow these tips, you may see those first silvery leaves sooner than you expect! Here's what to do:
1. Soak the seeds in warm water overnight. Then rinse them.
2. Pop them into your Bio Dome (one per Bio Sponge) or, if you are using seed flats, set them on top of a high-quality seed-starting mix, and cover them lightly with vermiculite. Bottom-water the Bio-Dome, or gingerly water the seed flat.
3. Cover the entire Bio Dome or flat with a black plastic bag and set it in a safe place at 68 to 72 degrees for 4 to 6 weeks, checking after 4 weeks to see if sprouts have appeared.
4. When the sprouts are up, uncover the Dome or flat and place it in a brightly lighted spot. If you have grow lights, all the better, but don't worry if not. Kitchen fluorescents work well, as does a south-facing windowsill. Remember to keep the plant quite cool -- 65 degrees is better than 70!
5. Once the seedlings have 2 or 3 true leaves, pot them up individually in their final containers (if growing as houseplants or gifts). Keep them at 55 to 65 degrees F, feed with a houseplant food, and water regularly, allowing the growing plants to dry out slightly between waterings.
6. Expect the first blooms 24 to 26 weeks after sowing -- 6 months is the average.
The pleasure of growing your own Cyclamen from seed, watching the tiny leaves grow larger and acquire their unique shape, is not to be missed! Enjoy. Zones 9-10. Pkt is 10 seeds.
|Item Form||(P) Pkt of 10 seeds|
|Zone||10 - 11|
|Bloom Season||Mid Winter - Early Spring|
|Seeds Per Pack||10|
|Plant Height||8 in - 10 in|
|Plant Width||8 in - 10 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Cool Season, Flower, Fragrance, Indoor Growing, Variegated|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green, Medium Green, Silver/Gray, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Containers, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor, Winter Interest|
How to Sow Cyclamen:
- For winter blooms, sow indoors in spring
- Cover the seeds with four times their thickness in soil
- alternate the temperature within the medium between 55° F nights and 72° F days
- Outdoors sowing is not recommended
- Plants bloom 6-10 months from sowing
How to Grow Cyclamen:
For C. Persicum:
Temperature: Grow indoors with cool (50-55° F) nights in diffused light. Plants require high humidity so grow in a greenhouse, mist the foliage regularly
Watering: Treat the plants as annuals and provide heavy watering
Additional Care: When the flowers fade, withhold water unit the foliage dies; repot in the fall. Can be plant outdoors in the fall for winter and spring bloom in warmer climates
For Cyclamen species:
Spacing: Plant 3-4 inches apart in part shade or shade in a humus-rich soil with excellent drainage
Watering: Keep moist during the growing season
Appearance and Use:
Perennial types do well in shade or woodland gardens. C. persicum is a florist’s plant used as a house plant. Tuberous rooted plants, 6-12 inches tall and -12 inches wide, are winter blooming indoors. Marbled, heart-shaped foliage is light to dark green and often has silver stems and markings. Shooting starlike blooms, 2-3 inches wide, of white, red, pink, salmon, and lavender can be single, doubled, or fringed. The flowers arise from December to March
Lifecycle: Perennial/Tender Perennial
Origination: Primulaceae; native to the Mediterranean
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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.
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Hand Packed By Experienced TechniciansPark Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.
When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.
The Park Seed Gold StandardAnd many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier. When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.
What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.
Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).
Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.
What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.
What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.
How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.
How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.