Cyclamen Plant Care

Taking Care of A Cyclamen parviflorum

Cyclamen plant care involves providing the right light, temperature and soil for these handsome plants. Most people throw Cyclamen parviflorum plants away once they finish blooming, but, with proper care, they can be kept and brought into bloom again.




Pink-flowered cyclamen plants bedded at Longwood Gardens PA. The heart-shaped leaves of cyclamen are dark green marked with white or paler green.

They surround the upright stems on which the flowers appear in the fall.

Flowers will be white, red or pink/purple and will last through the winter.

Taking care of a cyclamen means keeping it cool. Between 50 and 65 degrees F. is optimal. They also like very bright light which can be hard to come by indoors in the winter.

Keep the plants moist. Water them from the bottom to keep water from sitting in the crown which will rot it. Do not allow the plant to sit in water.

Red-flowered cyclamen growing in a square pot. Once the plant goes out of bloom, let the soil dry out.

This will induce dormancy.

Set the pot in an out-of-the-way place but check for new growth once in a while.

The corm from which cyclamen grows will begin to awaken and push up new buds in mid to late summer. This is your queue to resume watering.

Another aspect of cyclamen plant care is feeding them. Give them any balanced liquid fertilizer. Feed them only while they are actively growing, never during dormancy.

You can propagate Cyclamen parviflorum by sowing seeds in the summer. They will germinate more quickly if you soak them for 24 hours prior to sowing. They require darkness to sprout so plant them 1/4 inch deep. Seedlings may take as long as two years to bloom.

The tubers can also be divided.

Here, Cyclamen share a plant stand with potted primroses.

C. persicum is the species most often grown as a houseplant as it is more tender than the other types.  It can also be planted in the ground where winter temps do not breach 20 degrees F.

This plant's habit of blooming almost continuously from fall into spring have earned it the common name: Florist's Cyclamen.

Cyclamen persicum features white, pink, red, salmon, rose, purple, or sometimes bi-colored blooms held above mottled, heart-shaped foliage on plants growing from 8 to 12 inches tall.

Bulbs for this type are hard to find.  You are more likely to find plants.


Outdoor Cyclamen Plant Care

Best Price on Hardy Cyclamen

Several species of Cyclamen are much more cold hardy than C. persicum

Species

C. coum

C. hederifolium syn. C. neapolitanum

C. pseudibericum

C. purpurascens syn. C. europaeum

Color

white, pink, crimson

pink or white with dark eyes

crimson or purple and white blotched flowers

fragrant rose, pink. or magenta flowers with red spots at their bases

Blooms

winter to spring

late summer and fall

winter to spring


late summer to fall

Hardy to

-20 degrees F.


-20 degrees F.

-10 degrees F.


-20 degrees F.

The hardy species perform best in areas that experience at least one hard freeze each winter.

Hardy Cyclamen may be sited in woodlands or rock gardens, and used as front-of-the-border or outdoor container plants.  Although their flowers are smaller than those of the Florist's Cyclamen, they provide valuable garden color at a time when few other plants are in bloom.

Plant the corms half an inch deep and a hand-span apart in fast-draining, slightly alkaline soil.

Keep the tubers moist while the plants are growing or blooming.  It is not usually necessary to feed plants growing in garden soil.

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