This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Wilmington, Delaware, correspondent, writes: "You would confer a favor upon me, if you could enlighten me on the following subject, either through the Gardener's Monthly or otherwise. received through a friend in England, in February last, a packet of Cyclamen seed, procured from a reliable firm, viz: Veitch & Son, of London. I sowed the seed at once, and I believe every seed germinated and grew. I potted and repotted as they required shifting, till they occupied five-inch pots, in which I intended and expected them to bloom nicely, as the majority of them had formed quite large corms, but all through their growth the foliage more or less on all of them had a crippled appearance, which I hoped they would outgrow as they became larger and stronger, but there is no improvement in them in that respect, and the flowers which are now being produced, are imperfect and worthless on account of their deformity. I never experienced any difficulty of the kind before in Cyclamen growing, neither has any disease of the kind come under my observation, and therefore would be glad to be enlightened respecting it.
I would add, the root action appears to be all right, potted in soil, as I have always found satisfactory in the culture of the Cyclamen, viz: half loam, and half leaf mould and sand in equal parts, with a moderate amount of decomposed manure, covering the drainage. I have got my old Cyclamen corms potted in the same mixture of soil, and they are perfectly healthy, although six and seven years old. There are a good variety of colors in the Cyclamens alluded to, but the trouble is they produce deformed flowers. I enclose a few leaves and flowers complained of for your inspection".
[The Cyclamen is subject to what is known as the Verbena rust, and this is what ails your leaves. - Ed. CM].