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376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Seasonal Tip

A Holiday Favorite: Cyclamen
December 01, 2009

If you are looking for a gift or home accent this holiday season that is different then the traditional poinsettia, cyclamen is the answer.

Today's florist cyclamen are hybrids of the cyclamen persicum native to Greece and Syria. They are considered a low growing herb of 12", and are members of the primrose family. Their colorful, long-lasting flowers and heart-shaped leaves are attractively veined with silver and have made them very popular as centerpiece and gift plants. Well cared for plants will bloom from fall through spring, with the more heat tolerant miniature hybrids blooming into summer.

Cyclamen flowers may be single, double, fringed, bicolor, or even candy-striped. Colors range from exquisitely pure white through all shades of pink, lavender, purple, red, and dark wine. Some of the miniature strains are even delightfully scented. In addition, today's hybrids can be maintained over a wide temperature range from just above freezing to a normal home temperature of 75 degrees with good performance.

Individual flowers as well as the blooming season will be extended if the plants can be kept cooler (50's and 60's) rather than warmer. Try to avoid hot places altogether.
Provide part sun through full sun or the artificial light equivalent to keep plants compact and flowers from aborting. Plants grown in insufficient light typically will stretch and become weak and lower leaves will fade and yellow.

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.