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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jun 14, 2016 2:35 PM CST
I got tubers mailed but they are soggy and wet, can I let them dry out outside before planting in the ground?

I would like to grow one in a pot year round, when it's dormant and hot out like now and in the pot do I not water it and let it dry out, can it be left in sunlight or must it be shaded? When do I resume watering?
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Way to many questions Keith! Confused

I would be worried about soggy and wet. They should be hard with a dry brown skin. Are they rotten?

I am taking my cousins stance and only answering the first question and completely ignoring the rest. Smiling

Daisy

Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jun 14, 2016 4:52 PM CST
DaisyI said:Way to many questions Keith! Confused

I would be worried about soggy and wet. They should be hard with a dry brown skin. Are they rotten?

I am taking my cousins stance and only answering the first question and completely ignoring the rest. Smiling

Daisy


No they aren't rotted, they were shipped in wet soil and moss.
Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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robynanne
Jun 14, 2016 5:13 PM CST
As long as they don't stink, they should be OK, they will adjust once they are planted. No idea about dormant in a pot - that sounds interesting.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 15, 2016 6:47 AM CST
It would depend, at least somewhat, on which species of cyclamen you have. Some do go dormant in the warm season, some don't. If you want to just quickly air dry the surface (like a day or maybe two), that would be fine, and probably best, before you plant. Always be gentle with wet or moist bulbs because they are damaged more easily than when the surface is dry. As long as you plant in already moist soil, I would wait a day before you water it in to help prevent infections.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Jun 15, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Leftwood said:It would depend, at least somewhat, on which species of cyclamen you have. Some do go dormant in the warm season, some don't. If you want to just quickly air dry the surface (like a day or maybe two), that would be fine, and probably best, before you plant. Always be gentle with wet or moist bulbs because they are damaged more easily than when the surface is dry. As long as you plant in already moist soil, I would wait a day before you water it in to help prevent infections.


They are cyclamen hederifolium
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jun 15, 2016 11:56 AM CST
C. hederifolium here in Minnesota do not go dormant in the summer. Perhaps someone else will share their experience, but I am guessing they will not go dormant for you also.

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