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March 2016

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

The blossoms of the Cyclamen twist and turn like tiny butterfly wings. The silver, marbled coloring of the foliage accents the beautiful flower colors of lavender, rose, maroon, red or white.

Cyclamen naturally bloom in autumn and winter when the weather turns cool. During the hot, dry summers, cyclamen become dormant, their foliage yellows and dies back and plants show no signs of growth. They store energy for the next flowering season in their round tubers.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

Temperature:

Cyclamen do not like heat. Do not expose to temperatures below 4 °C or higher than 25 °C.

Light:

Give the cyclamen bright, indirect light in the winter. While your plant is in dormant during summer, keep it out of bright light.

Soil:

Cyclamens are very tolerant of diverse soil types and are not concerned too much with the pH,

although they prefer a slightly alkaline soil.

Watering:

Cyclamen are a bit fussy about watering. It’s best to let the soil get dry between watering's, but not to the point of wilting. When the pot feels light or the soil feels dry just below the surface, water it thoroughly and let it drain. Pour out any water left in the saucer so that the soil doesn't stay soggy.

To keep the plants blooming, remove flowers as they finish by cutting the stems near the base of the plant. Also remove yellow and withered leaves.