Houseplants forum: Cyclamen babies

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Steven
Dec 15, 2010 2:58 PM CST
I have never seen or heard of this before, but my mini cyclamen is making BABIES like a spider plant, they are on little stolens branching off the main plant. Is this supposed to happen or does it have some disease? The flowers are a bit gimpy looking but there is no sign of any bugs or anything......
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threegardeners
Dec 15, 2010 3:57 PM CST

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oh, very cool!!

I'd just go with it and not worry :)) and lead those little stolons to some soil Big Grin
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Steven
Dec 15, 2010 11:29 PM CST
Ill try to get a pic but I'm horrible with getting pics onto the computer, the stolens/stems are only about an inch long and boing into the air with little plants growing on the ends. Its strange! Confused
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plantladylin
Dec 16, 2010 9:22 AM CST
Oh, I'd love to see a picture of your plant! I love Cyclamen but unfortunately they don't like the heat here in Florida. We find them at our garden centers around the holidays and most folks buy them just for temporary plants while in bloom at that time.

I didn't even realize Cyclamen grew stolons! I thought the only way to propagate them was from seed but you might try to pin the stolons back down to the soil without removing them from the mother plant ... you can use regular old "bobby pins"/"hair pins" for this purpose (found inexpensively at Wal-Mart or any local drug store.) Once the stolons take root and get larger, you could separate them and pot them up singly.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2508/

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/cyclamen.html

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week491.shtml
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Dec 18, 2010 10:58 AM CST
Thank-you for the links Lin! I will try to get a picture for you, I'm hoping it isn't a virus or something that is causing it to do this...................

I just now found this article about stem tubers on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuber
So I wonder if the little stolons will grow into tubers? Never heard fo this happening before and google brought up nothing...

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