Judy Glattsein Cylclamen

Judy Glattstein has had this Cyclamen persicum since 1973 when her parents brought it home  from Israel. As you can see, it very much enjoys its home in her New Jersey greenhouse. January  2014.  In those pre-CITES days there were no restrictions on importation of cyclamen, and I did have  a plant import permit. Re CITES: That's the Convention on International Trade  in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Certain plants - all cyclamen, all galanthus  (snowdrops) - are under CITES Appendix II. They may only be bought / sold internationally  with government level export / import documentation. However 1973 is pre-CITES, so before  these regulations were enacted. In the early 1960s, international discussion began focusing on  the rate at which the world’s wild animals and plants were being threatened by unregulated  international trade. The Convention was drafted as the result of a resolution adopted in 1963  at a meeting of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Nairobi,  Kenya. The text of the Convention was agreed upon at a meeting of representatives of 80  countries in Washington D.C., on March 3rd 1973. Just over 2 years later, on July 1st 1975,  CITES entered into force."  Cyclamen are classed as a tuber, not a corm. Image taken October 7, 2020 when I was repotting  it. New, tightly furled leaf growth is appearing now, close to 3 weeks later. I measured it  in 2001. Somewhat irregular in form, the tuber was then 6 inches long by 5 inches wide, with  a very bumpy, irregular surface due to all the floral trunks that cover the upper surface. Obviously  it has continued to expand. This cyclamen has - variously - been kept under grow lights    Hobby Greenhouse Mid- Fall Newsletter 2020  or near a spare bedroom window and now in the greenhouse which is only heated to 50 degrees  Fahrenheit in winter. It stays in the greenhouse all year round with very minimal, infrequent  watering while dormant in the hot dry summer conditions. It flowers in January .  The small potted cyclamen sold in flower around Christmas time  are cultivars, cultivated varieties. As such they are not included under CITES protection  which applies to the true (wild) species. To wit: "Artificially propagated specimens of cultivars  of Cyaclamen persicum are not subject to the provisions of the Convention. However, the  exemption does not apply to such specimens traded as dormant tubers."  Copy editor note: I often buy miniature cyclamen in the winter months and this year I kept  one that had nice leaves but had finished flowering. I put it under a fluorescent light in the  basement and around Labor Day it was covered with blooms. I have it dried off now for a  rest. I've always appreciated plants that go away for a season or two, making way for other  things.  Send us your pictures and comments for inclusion in a future new

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