Buckingham Garden Centre

We are a family run garden centre that is well known nationally as a specialist for bare rooted hedging plants and young trees. The Garden Centre always has a good selection of shrubs and plants which are not commonly found elsewhere, together with a wide range of the more commonly sought after plants. Established for over 50 years, the Garden Centre has recently been redeveloped to a high standard. Our shop contains the largest selection of seeds and bulbs for miles around, together with garden chemicals, tools, garden furniture and many other goods. Outside we stock peat-based and peat-free composts, paving, fencing, timber decking, garden buildings and greenhouses, and a large range of pots, statues and garden ornaments. Our aquatics centre has a good reputation for their excellent quality tropical, marine and cold water fish. The Gardeners' Retreat, our coffee shop/restaurant, serves fresh home cooked food and is an excellent way to round off any visit to the Garden Centre.


Florist Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

Whether miniature or large, single-toned or a vibrant array of colours, solo, in groups or arranged with other plants, every flowering plant has its own special style. What they all have in common is they are perfect for livening up a home, porch or cool conservatory.

This is where Florist Cyclamen come in, and right now their season of colour, scent and exuberance is reaching its peak at the Garden Centre. These flowers are cold-weather classics and are related to primroses. Thanks to modern achievements in growing, they come in miniature, midi and maxi sizes and an array of colours from magenta and red, to pink, white and violet.

The choice is enhanced by two-toned species and variants with fringed petals; some are even scented.

Cyclamen leaves are heart-shaped and deep green with beautiful silvery marbled patterns. They come from the mountain regions of the Mediterranean but now they’re quite at home in British homes. They like light, bright, airy areas; not too sunny or hot. Locations near a radiator should be avoided.

Cyclamen can tolerate cooler temperatures on patios, balconies and window boxes, their colours becoming even more intense, but you’ll need to bring them in when the temperatures drop to around 50°F (10°F). If you provide cyclamen with too much heat and the flowers very quickly droop and often the leaves turn bright yellow within a matter of a few days.

Cyclamen come into bloom from early September flowering to the end of February (although it is possible to keep them flowering for most of the year).

To prolong the flowering period, remove wilted Cyclamen flowers and leaves from their pot with a firm ‘pull and twist’ movement. Never simply cut off the blooms or leaves as the stems are likely to die-back into the tuber. In this way you can make room for new leaves and flowers and prevent the dying stems rotting and damaging the rest of the plant.

With watering and feeding, moderation is the rule. If the soil is too wet, the flat tuber will start to rot. Don’t pour the water directly onto the compost; it is better to pour it into a dish or saucer into which the plant is stood, and half-an-hour later, pour away any water which is still left in the dish. The plant would also benefit from a half-turn each week to ensure it receives sufficient light all around.

Cyclamen should only be watered when the compost in the pot no longer feels damp. Feed them every week with a half strength Baby Bio feed while they are in bloom, and cyclamen will repay you with lots of flowers. To make sure they are really happy, repot them annually anytime from March to May in a multi-purpose potting compost.

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Buckingham Nurseries and Garden Centre,
Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE, UK.
Tel: 01280 822133 - Fax: 01280 815491

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