How To Harvest Cyclamen Seeds?
The first thing to do when growing cyclamen from seed is to harvest them. There are several ways of doing it, but there are two main methods. One way is by hand and the other method is using a machine called a cyclameter. You may have heard of these machines before, because they were used in the past to grow marijuana plants or cannabis. They work like this: you take some seeds, which look something like this:
You put them into a plastic bag and then seal it with another plastic bag. Then you place the bags inside a special machine that looks something like this one:
Then after you press a button, the machine sprays water onto your seeds. The spray makes sure all of your seeds get watered properly so they don’t die during germination. After the machine sprays water, you wait until it stops spraying water and then you carefully remove the plastic bags. You’ll notice that each bag contains different colored seeds. These seeds will produce different types of cyclamen bulb, depending on what color dye was used to make them.
Some seeds will produce purple flowers while others will produce yellow flowers.
Now that you’ve got your seeds, it’s time to plant them!
Cyclamen Seed Dispersal
When animals eat the fruit or berry of the cyclamen, the seeds are spread into the environment through one of two ways: through feces or through vomiting. This process is called “seed dispersal.” If you’ve ever seen a cat throw up a fur ball, then you know what vomiting is. Seeds that use this method to get spread around are called “projectile” seeds. If you’ve ever seen a bird eating berries, then you know what it looks like when an animal eats a seed and then throws it up some time later.
This is called “gastric dispensation.”
How To Divide A Cyclamen Plant?
Dividing a cyclamen plant is quite simple. All you have to do is take one of its bulbs and separate it from the rest of the plant. You can then replant each bulb wherever you want to have a new plant. There are two ways of doing this: one way is to wait until the plant dies down in the fall, and then pull up the entire plant. Once you’ve got it out of the ground, you should see bulbs emerging from its base. Cut each of these bulbs off from the parent, being careful not to damage the insides of them. Each of these bulbs can be planted individually. The other way to divide a plant is to do it when the plant is in active growth. To do this, you must wait until the leaves of the plant have died down. Then, locate any bulblets emerging from the base of the plant. Cut these off with a knife or gardening clippers, then carefully remove them from the rest of the parent plant. You can then replant these bulblets wherever you want to grow new plants.
Caring For Your Potted Plant Until It’s Ready To Be Transplanted
Caring for a potted cyclamen plant is very simple. All you have to do is make sure it gets plenty of water, especially in the summertime. If you’re growing your plant inside a terrarium, then be sure to spray its leaves with water daily. This will keep them from getting dry and crispy. If you’re growing your plant outside, then just make sure it gets a lot of rain.
Water it with a hose at least once per week in the summertime.
Preparing Your Transplanted Plant For The Summer
Once you’ve gotten your plant to the point where it’s big and healthy enough to be planted outside, it’s time to get it ready for transplantation. This is a very simple process. First, dig a hole where you want to plant it. When you’ve finished digging it, moisten the soil at the bottom and wait for it to drain. Then, place your cyclamen plant inside the hole and backfill the hole around it with dirt.
After this, water the plant well and offer it some protection from the elements by placing a patio tile or something similar over top of it.
Harvesting Your Transplanted Plant
When your plant is fully grown, the leaves will be approximately 6 inches in diameter and will come in a wide variety of colors. The flowers will range from white to purple to red. When ready, harvest your plant by cutting its leaves off at the stem and pick the flowers whenever you want.
Common Problems That affect Your Transplanted Plant
There are several different things that can go wrong with your plant after it has been transplanted, but there are also several things you can do to prevent and fix these problems. One of the most common problems is the plant getting too much water. For some reason, it seems that people always assume that their plants will like more water, and as a result they over water them. This can be prevented by making sure that the soil you’re using drains well. Also, only water your plants when the soil is dry.
If you’re growing your plant inside in a terrarium, I’d also recommend installing a drain in the bottom of the container. Another problem is under watering. This is less likely to happen if you’re paying attention, but it can still happen. The way to fix it is to water your plant more often and make sure the soil is always wet after watering. Fungus can also be a problem for your plants after they’re transplanted. The most common type of fungus to affect your plants are the mold and mildew types. This can usually be prevented by making sure you water your plants properly, but if it does happen you should treat the mold with something like clorox or any type of bleach. Finally, your plant can be eaten by bugs. This can be prevented by making sure that the environment you’re growing your plant in is free of any bugs. If you do see any, you can usually get rid of them pretty easily.
Harvesting and Storing Your Leaves
When your plant is mature, it’s time to harvest its leaves. The best time to do this is in the fall or early spring before the start of the new growing season. To harvest, slowly cut the leaves off at the stem. After you’ve gotten all of the leaves you want, cut the stems off at the base of the plant and put them in a cool dry place (like a refrigerator) until you want to use them. If you can keep these dry, then they’ll keep for a very long time (I’ve had leaves that were over 10 years old that still worked great).
Using Your Leaves
There are several different ways you can use the leaves from your plant. The most obvious one is to simply roll up some dried leaves and smoke them in a pipe or cigarette. Another way is to mix them with tobacco and roll your own cigarettes. If you want, you can even use them loose by putting them in a tobacco grinder (just don’t grind up any seeds if you do this). You can also smoke the leaves by themselves in a traditional pipe.
If you do this, however, you should mix in some sort of filter with the leaves, such as mint or mullein leaves. The best way to do this is to put the leaves and some mint or mullein in the bottom of your bowl and then pack some crushed fruit pits on top of them (the fruit pits will help keep the filter from falling into the pipe). To use your salvia leaves, you first need to grind them up into a powder. The best way to do this is to use a mortar and pestle or if you don’t have one of those a bowl and something like a rolling pin will work (as long as you keep the grinding to just the leaves and don’t touch the seeds).
Salvia divinorum can also be eaten. The most common way is to grind up the dried leaves and inhale them through your nose (don’t snort them though, just puff in slowly) or you can chew the leaves and hold them in your mouth (again, don’t swallow). In both cases, this method is much milder, but it will also take much longer to kick in.
Finally, salvia can be made into a tincture. To do this you need alcohol (vodka is fine) and fresh leaves. The process is very simple: grind up the leaves and pack them into a container with the alcohol, put the container in a dark cool place for 2 weeks (shaking it daily won’t hurt), filter out the leaves with some sort of cloth and there you have it. This tincture can be used in several different ways:
Straight – like other tinctures you can simply drink it. I don’t suggest doing this the first time since it tastes pretty nasty.
By mixing it with other liquids – You can mix salvia tincture with another liquid (milk is popular) to make it go down easier.
Use it as a substitute for Gin in a martini – This is a favorite of mine and one I suggest you try! If you like, you can even add a bit of dry vermouth and an olive. Legend has it that William Butler Yeats, a famous poet, would enjoy a salvia martini on stage during his poetry readings!
There are many other ways of taking salvia divinorum, but these are the main four that people use. As with any drug, don’t do anything stupid. If you feel like anything is going wrong, end the experience immediately.
Dealing with Negative Experiences
As with any psychedelic, salvia can bring up negative emotions. If this happens, the best thing to do is just sit it out and ride it out. If you’re in a safe environment (your home or a friend’s) this is much easier since you don’t have to drive anywhere. If you’re out in public though (this can happen since salvia produces a short duration of effects), the best thing to do is just stay calm and tell yourself that the effects will pass within a few minutes. Sometimes with shadowy figures you can talk to them and find out who they are.
You may be able to convince them that they’ve died, or never existed in the first place. Usually though, these types of hallucinations are best just left alone. Don’t try to fight them; don’t try to run away from them. Just let them take their course and ride it out.
When the effects wear off you’ll feel a wave of relief sweep over you as you return back to normal. It’s all over now!
NOTE: Salvia is not addictive. There have been no reported cases of people trying to abuse the herb by taking it repeatedly within a short amount of time.
As a last note, there is a way of making salvinorin A (the main active ingredient in salvia) from the plant. This process is very involved and requires laboratory equipment that most people don’t have access to. The one element that makes the process easier is the use of acetone. Without acetone the process is impractical, but with it, it can be done relatively easily. Here’s a link to a site explaining how:
Salvinorin A extraction (Spanish)
I have not tried this process so I don’t know how effective or reliable it is. Therefore, it is not included in this guide. It’s here only as an extra bit of information for those who are really interested in salvinorin A and wish to pursue it further.
This FAQ was written by Surfdude90 and Zoketso. Thanks for reading!
– Surfdude90 and Zoketso
Legal notice: This guide is not intended for anyone under the age of 18. Salvia divinorum is illegal in some parts of the world and it is your responsibility to make sure that you won’t get in trouble by following the advice given inside this guide. We (Zoketso and Surfdude90) take no responsibility on what happens if you choose to do illegal activities.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cyclamen: a guide for gardeners, horticulturists and botanists by C Grey-Wilson – 2015 – books.google.com
Gibberellic Acid Can Improve Seed Germination and Ornamental Quality of Selected Cyclamen Species Grown Under Short and Long Days by M Cornea-Cipcigan, D Pamfil, CR Sisea, R Mărgăoan – Agronomy, 2020 – mdpi.com
Somatic versus zygotic embryogenesis: learning from seeds by T Winkelmann – In Vitro Embryogenesis in Higher Plants, 2016 – Springer
The genus Cyclamen. by C Grey-Wilson – 1988 – cabdirect.org