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Cyclamen Plant Care

Updated: Apr 4

A potted cyclamen plant placed near a bright window, receiving indirect sunlight for optimal growth.

Cyclamen is a genus of plants in the Primulaceae family, native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. They are prized for their attractive, brightly colored flowers. Their flowers come in shades of pink, red, purple, and white, making them a perfect addition to indoor spaces during the fall and winter months. Cyclamen plants are also known for their heart-shaped leaves, which are often variegated or patterned. They are commonly grown as houseplants, as they prefer cool temperatures and bright, indirect light. Cyclamen plants are low-maintenance and can be propagated by seed or by separating the tubers.

Cyclamen plants have been grown as houseplants and garden plants for centuries, and their popularity has only continued to grow as more people discover their ornamental appeal. The cultivation and breeding of cyclamen has advanced, leading to the development of new cultivars with brighter colors and more intricate leaf patterns. In some cultures, cyclamen plants are symbols of good luck, love, and happiness, which has further contributed to their popularity.

Tips For Taking Care of Your Cyclamen Plant

  1. Light: Cyclamen plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place your plant near a north or east-facing window.

  2. Watering: Water the soil thoroughly when the top inch is dry but be careful not to overwater. This can cause root rot.

  3. Temperature: Cyclamen plants prefer cool temperatures between 50-60°F. Avoid placing your plant near a heat source or in direct sunlight.

  4. Humidity: Cyclamen plants like a humid environment, so consider misting your plant regularly or placing it on a humidity tray.

Basic Cyclamen Plant Care

Vibrant, healthy cyclamen  plants growing in an indoor care setting.

Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix specifically for cyclamen.

  1. Fertilizer: Feed your cyclamen plant once a month with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

  2. Repotting: Repot your cyclamen plant every 2-3 years in the spring, or when it outgrows its current pot.

  3. Pests: Watch out for common pests like spider mites and aphids. Treat them with an insecticide soap if necessary.

Caring for Your Cyclamen Plant After Blooming

  1. Cut back spent blooms: Cut off the spent blooms and leaves to keep the cyclamen plant looking neat and tidy.

  2. Reduced water: After blooming, reduce watering and let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.

  3. Cool temperatures: Continue to keep the plant in a cool spot to help it recharge.

  4. No fertilizer: Do not fertilize your cyclamen plant during its dormant period.

A potted cyclamen plant sitting in indirect sunlight with a picture of a cyclamen plant hanging on a living room wall.   The soil is kept moist to encourage reblooming.

Tips to Get Your Cyclamen Plant to Rebloom

  1. Light: Provide your cyclamen plants with bright, indirect light to encourage reblooming.

  2. Watering: Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged, to encourage reblooming.

  3. Cool temperatures: Make sure the cyclamen plant is in a cool spot with temperatures between 50-60°F.

  4. Dormancy: Allow the plant to go dormant for about 3-4 months after blooming, with reduced water and no fertilizer. After this period, resume regular care and your cyclamen plant should rebloom.

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