Enjoy colorful plants with these Cyclamen Plant Care Tips. No more wilted plants!
Growing cyclamen as house plants is easy even for beginners if you follow these simple tips. You will learn how to grow these bulbs on your window sills to add color to your home when little else flowers. Cyclamen persicum comes in many beautiful colors and sizes.
These 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 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.
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.
A lot of common mistakes lead to problems with growing cyclamen.
Don't over-water your plants! The most common mistake people make is to over-water the plants which will lead to grey mold and rotting of the 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.
Photo: Desiree Tonus
Red Spider Mites can be a problem if there is too much dry heat.
The cyclamen bulbs and roots will start rotting if the plants are kept too wet. Once this has started it will be hard to save the plant.
Grey mold 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.
Garden Cress indoors is one of the simplest things to grow. Grow cress on your window sill during the winter and boost your immune system with lots of Vitamin C from this easy to grow culinary herb!
Check out the November 2017 issue of the 'Homestead Gardener' Digital Magazine for organic gardening tips, permaculture and self-sufficiency.
Are organic pesticides truly harmless for your garden ecosystem? When should you use organic pest sprays to avoid killing pollinators and beneficial insects.