Cyclamen festival to showcase new varieties

New cyclamen varieties are on display at the Meadow Croft Garden Centre in Essex until this Sunday.

Growers of bedding plants and vegetable plants W. D. Smith & Son of Battlesbridge hold the Cyclamen Festival every year.

Trial plants from renowned French cyclamen breeder Ch Morel and Florema Young Plants, which will also be shown at HortiFair this week, are on display.

Roland Smith said the aim of the show is to promote this important crop to the public and show them the extraordinary range of flower forms and colours that are now available.

Smith said the new varieties which have been attracting the most attention from the public include Cyclamen Halios ‘Fringed Rose Flame’ (Exp.05/07) and Cyclamen Metis ‘Victoria’ (Exp).   

Plants are for sale during the festival but samples of all the varieties on display will be retained until the Festival ends on Sunday the 19th October.

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