I really must learn to be more patient. When I saw the first Cyclamen hederifolium popping up in the woodland a month ago, they were immediately photographed and a post written about them. If only I had waited, there are now easily three times as many flowers, making the woodland look really pretty, in spite of all the fallen leaves and everything else looking so dry.
Thanks must go to the ants that spread the seed. They carry the seed away, then after they have licked off the sticky, sugary coating, just drop the seed where it then germinates and takes about 4 years to form a flowering corm.
I think you’ll agree that I have a lot to thank the ants for. I bought 6 corms 25 yrs ago and this is the result of a lot of work by the ants. Isn’t nature wonderful- if the seed dropped straight down on top of the mother corm, the seed wouldn’t survive – instead, by covering it with a sweet coating, nature makes sure that the seed is carried away to fresh soil for the seed to germinate. All you need to get drifts of cyclamen is to buy a few corms to start with, sit back and leave it to the ants!