Houseplants forum: mini florist cyclamen

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 15, 2017 2:42 AM CST
I just want to clear something up because I've seen (and read) different things.

Are the "mini" florist cyclamen the same species as the "regular" florist cyclamen?

I've heard different things but I trust the folks here to know the answer. What, exactly, makes them "mini" or not?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 15, 2017 6:31 AM CST
I have no idea, but you reminded me, if I can go to Lowe's I might score some after Valentines deals...
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2017 9:58 AM CST
I'd never heard of a Miniature Florist Cyclamen but I see that we have listings for two Dwarf varieties in our database:
Florist's Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum 'Swiss Dwarf')
Florist's Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum 'Dwarf Fragrance')

I googled and found this page that talks about Miniatures (5 to 6 inches height) and Micro Miniatures (10 cm./ 4 inches.) https://www.thespruce.com/grow...

This site talks about a "Dwarf Scented Series" but there's not a lot of information: https://www.greenplantswap.co....

This page talks about a "Midori" series (6 to 8 inches in height) and states they are mini's http://www.monrovia.com/plant-...

Rather confusing
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 15, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Yeah, it really is.

Mine is about 4 inches tall in a pot about 1.5 inches wide. It is super tiny, which is why I bought it. I repotted it because I could not believe that such a tiny pot was appropriate for anything.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Some Micro Miniature Gesneriads (African Violets, Sinningia, Chiritas) have widths of 2 inches or less and make great terrarium plants ... such cute little things!
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 15, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Aww! I think that is the same kind of pot.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 17, 2017 9:24 AM CST
This was the original pot. Actually you can't see the pot because it is inside the ceramic mug. The mug is a 3.8 ounce container so super small. The pot itself was 1.5".

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And here it is after I repotted it. The new pot is uglier but I think it looks happier in it.

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 18, 2017 6:26 AM CST
That must have been SO tiny. Those tiny pots, I can't imagine keeping the watering right.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jul 5, 2017 3:23 AM CST
I posted originally in February and I wanted to give a brief update. I thought that this cyclamen would stop blooming and go dormant once spring ended and our temperatures were consistently above 80 degrees F.

It has done neither.

It has been on my half-sheltered porch for months and while the blooms are many fewer it is still sending one up every now and then. The leaves are still as green as ever (albeit a lot bigger). I'm not sure when it's actually supposed to go dormant, if not after the first flush of flowers.

Is this normal behavior?
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jul 5, 2017 7:49 AM CST
I forgot the picture, sorry.

This is the same plant now.

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Notice not only new leaves, but new flowers. There are still 5 flowers waiting to bloom altogether (three are still beneath the foliage).
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jul 8, 2017 3:19 AM CST
Well, I asked a lady at a nearby nursery and she showed me her potted cyclamens which have browned, dried, and gone dormant. She's only a few miles from me and our conditions are really similar. She wasn't sure if it was "normal" for this cyclamen to keep growing new foliage flowers so late into the year or if it would be harmed in any way by not going dormant.

She said I could withhold water from it if I wanted but that might kill it. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s and all hers went dormant on schedule.
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