Ideally, when planting out, choose a location sheltered by trees and shrubs. Most species of Cyclamen need shelter from the wind and driving rain and also shade in varying degrees - although Cyclamen Hederifolium is more forgiving in this respect than the other varieties, however, well-drained soil is essential !
If, like us, you have heavy soil, then ‘open up’ the soil structure by adding small gravel (up to 6 mm) and sharp sand, which will also serve to raise the soil level which will be beneficial for drainage - the most important thing to remember when siting and planting Cyclamen is the plants will most definitely not thrive in waterlogged conditions. A small amount of peat or leaf-mould may also be beneficial .
Plant Hederifolium so that the top of the corms are approximately ½" inch below the surface, covering all growth loosely except open leaves, open flowers and seed pods (which look like coiled springs and ripen and burst during the summer).
During late spring/early summer most varieties are in dormancy and may not show any ‘top’ growth. Care needs to be taken with Hederifolium at this stage due to the unusual pattern of root growth - plant with smooth side DOWN and with the roots laid horizontally.