Delicate, Upswept Petals
Cyclamen persicum makes a beautiful accent to display indoors during
its mid-winter blooming season. Brightly colored flowers bloom from
upright stems growing from the center of the plant.
The backswept petals come in soft shades of pink and lilac, as well as
vibrant red, darker maroon, or bright white. New flowers replace older
old ones for two months or longer. Cyclamen flowers are surrounded by
marbled green heart-shaped leaves.
Although Cyclamen begin to fade in the spring, they can be brought
to bloom again. Allow the foliage to dry until it withers (usually in
late spring). Clip off the old foliage. Place the dormant plant in a
cool, dark location for three months. Only provide enough water to keep
the roots from drying out completely.
In late summer, you can return the plant to a bright location. As soon
as new growth appears, repot the plant in fresh soil. Resume regular
watering and feeding routine. Flowers will reappear in two to three
Tips for Houseplant Care
Bright light – one to two hours of direct sunlight during winter.
Cool Temperatures year-round (60 - 70°F / 16 / 21°C). Cyclamen can
tolerate cold temperatures to 40°F / 4°C.
Fertilize every two weeks with a high-phosphorous plant food mixed at ½
the normal strength.
Keep plant lightly moist at all times. You can water Cyclamen using two
By placing the pot in a shallow container filled with tepid water for
fifteen to thirty minutes.
Water soil from the top – avoid getting water in the plant’s crown.
A high-quality potting soil is sufficient.
Repot in fresh potting soil soon after you purchase or receive the
plant. Repot again after the Cyclamen’s resting period – before new
growth starts in late summer.
Six months to several years – depending on care and plant health.
Dispose of plants that show spindly growth or signs of pest problems.
While Cyclamen persicum can be propagated from seeds, it is easier to
purchase new plants. Seeds are slow to grow.
Varieties vary in size and bloom color.
Display in a sunny location such as a window or sunroom.
Cyclamen in the Garden
should be planted in a semi-shady area of the garden or landscape in
August or September. The corms should be planted 2 inches deep and
spaced six inches apart in soil that is slightly alkaline.
Be aware that different varieties of hardy Cyclamen may root from
either the bottom or top of the corm. When you plant the corm, make
sure that the appropriate side is facing up.
Cyclamen Persicum –
Solutions to Common Problems
Leaves and flower stems
are prone to fainting spells when their roots dry out. Water as soon as
possible – plant should recover quickly. Pinch off any stems or flowers
that fail to recover. If you are not able to water plants for a few
days, move them out of the sun until you return. This will help them to
Oldest leaves shrivel and
caused by warm temperatures.
plant to a cool location at night. Remove old leaves as they fail. Feed
and water plant regularly.
Mold appears near on the
mold or stem rot.
are at risk for fungal diseases that affect the crown of the plant due
to the cool, moist conditions they require to thrive. Do your best to
keep the crown dry by water the plant from the bottom, or drip water
just inside the edges of the container. Removing old flower stems and
leaves will improve air circulation.
Badly affected plants should be discarded.
Leaves are limp and pale.
A webby material appears on the undersides of the leaves.
mites or Cyclamen mites.
the plant as soon as you discover the infestation. You can try to save
the infested plant by removing the affected leaves or treating the
plant with a neem-based insecticide; however, chances are the plant
will not recover and will need to be discarded.