Propagation (seed, cuttings, etc): Storing cyclamen seed until sowing
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I've purchased some various Cyclamen seeds for sowing this Autumn which from Diane Clement's excellent Blog appears to be the best time to sow them, my question is should I be storing the seed packets in the fridge.? Or is there not any real benefit from doing so..?
Thanks for you comments about my blog, I'm glad you find it useful. I don't think it will make any difference if you store them in the fridge or just in a room for a few weeks (as long as they don't get too warm in the room). The main thing is to keep them dry until you are ready to sow them. Good luck with germination in the autumn, let us know how you get on.
June - if you have fresh seed this summer it is best to sow it straightaway (even while sticky from the capsules). Germination from the autumn leafing hederifolium can be nearly immediate, whilst other species tend to germinate when they naturally come in to leaf (so coum in winter for example). With older dried seed I have always soaked it in tepid water before sowing, which plumps it up again. There is no need to put seed in the fridge unless you maybe want to store it for a future season. The best place to keep sown seed is in a cold frame or tray outside, protected from too much sun and anything that might disturb the pots. You can get some wonderful variation from these plants and different species flower over a tremendous long time. As Diane says, good luck.