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Name: Christina
Beaumont, CA (Zone 9a)
Oct 13, 2020 4:44 PM CST
Hi! I'm a brand new gardener and have a question about some snapdragons and cyclamens I just planted about 2 weeks ago. They're in a north-facing planter I have in my front lawn. See images below :)

Image 1 - Burnt cyclamens - I have cyclamens in two spots of the planter. This side seems to get more sunlight than the other side. Is it getting too much here and that's why the flowers are looking burnt? Should I dig it up and bring it inside potted?

Image 2 - Curling leaves cyclamens - This cyclamen (right next to the white one with burnt flowers) is just starting to curl it's leaves. The other cyclamens don't seem to be doing this. Is it also getting too much sun?

Image 3 - Snapdragons - I have about 6-8 planted and only this one has developed these clear spots. They don't go all the way through, and I don't see any bugs on the plants, so not sure if they're getting eaten or if it's a disease.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Foothills of the Italian Alps
Oct 17, 2020 12:20 PM CST
Cyclamens don't like warm weather, period.
You are very brave in trying to try and grow them in SoCal since around here they get ugly-looking even if there's a brief warm spell during the Winter.
The only thing you can do is t-r-y and grow them in the coolest corner of your garden but don't expect miracles in the warm California sun.

The damage on the snapgragons looks like is from leafroller larvae: they feed on single layers of leaf material creating those opaque "windows". Look for them because they are tiny, but it's possible (just possible) they may have been picked clean by some natural predator.

Bow down to the Queens
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Oct 19, 2020 1:35 PM CST
I grow my cyclamens in the shade, they do well here.
I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Oct 19, 2020 4:14 PM CST
Here are my cyclamen pictures in the Spring, now they are all dead or dormant even under the shade.

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I try to grow everything, sometime not successful.

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