How to Care for A Cyclamen
What is a Cyclamen?
A Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. Cyclamens are long flowering – usually from April through winter and into spring. Some are perfumed and they are available in a rich tapestry of colors. Cyclamen species are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
Cyclamen will provide you with prolific color during the dreary colder months and they make great gifts instead of the short lived bunch of flowers that you might like to buy or send.
Cyclamen plants ideally need to be outdoors but when you do have them inside best keep them in a well lit and ventilated position. When the heater is on move them outside each evening. When positioned outdoors place them in an area that receives a few hours of morning sun or good filtered sun all day.
When watering you cyclamens water the soil thoroughly and do this a couple of times per week. Depending on the position of course. Try not to water overhead as this tends to cause damage to the flowers and the overall health of your plant.
When feeding in order to maximize flowering use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks for the entire flowering period.
Remove old blooms by twisting and pulling out the entire stem. If you cut or break stems this may cause the plant to rot.
When your cyclamens have completed flowering in Spring, you may like to plant them into the garden. This is particular successful for the miniature varieties. Choose a spot with filtered sun like under some trees and be sure not to bury the plant too deeply. Ensure the ground is well worked with compost or rotted manure.