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Cyclamen 'Laser White'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb, Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Tufted

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

White in Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

cyclamen 'Laser White'

Family

Primulaceae


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

'Laser White' is an intermediate cyclamen to 23cm, with unscented, pure white flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow indoors or under glass in containers of loam-based compost with the tops of the tubers just above the soil surface. Maintain bright filtered light with moderate humidity and a minimum winter temperature of 13 to 16 °C. Avoid draughts and hot dry air. When in growth water moderately and apply a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser fortnightly. Reduce water after flowering and keep dry when dormant

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, in darkness as soon as ripe at 12 to 15 °C. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours prior to sowing

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Mice and squirrels may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free except under glass