Cyclamen Plant Care
Cyclamen are one of the most popular winter flowering pot plants for your home. Their flowering time from September to April makes them a favorite colorful indoor house plant that most other plants just can't compete with.
There are many beautiful cyclamen varieties with colors ranging from white, pink, purple and red flowers. Also the pretty heart-shaped foliage with the white spots helps to make the plant so attractive and sets off the flowers.
The miniature cyclamen are more tolerant of heated rooms than the larger varieties of Cyclamen persicum. They look very pretty if you plant several of them with different colors into a shallow bowl. You can use sand or expanded clay to fill the gaps between the root balls.
Photo: Desiree Tonus
A lot of common mistakes lead to problems with growing cyclamen. The most common mistake people make is to over-water the plants which will lead to grey mould and rotting of the cyclamen bulbs or roots.
Cyclamens don't like warm rooms. Choose a cool room that is not warmer than 60 degrees F/16 degrees C. An east or west facing windowsill is the perfect spot for growing cyclamen plants.
After flowering the plants can be kept outside in a shaded spot. You can sink the pot into the ground if you like.
Red Spider Mites can be a problem if there is too much dry heat.
The cyclamen bulbs an roots will start rotting if the plants are kept too wet. Once this has started it will be hard to save the plant.
Greymould will become a problem if the plants are kept too warm and moist. The plants will start to drop leaves if they are kept too warm.