How To Grow Cyclamen - Plant Care Tips
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
grey mould and rotting of the bulbs or roots.
Cyclamens don't like warm rooms. Choose a cool spot that is not warmer
than 60 degrees F/16 degrees C. An east or west facing windowsill is the
place 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.
My Gardening Tips For Successful Cyclamen Care
Watering: these plants need quite a
lot of water when they are in bloom and very little water when they are
not in flower. Never put water over the bulbs. Instead place
the pot on a saucer and let it soak up the water. Take care not to let
the plant sit in water for longer periods.
Feeding: feed your plants every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer.
Repotting: repot every two
years. Use a general purpose potting soil and make sure that the bulb
sticks out of the soil a bit at the top.
Dead-heading: remove withering flowers and
leaves at the base. This is very easy: just give a little sharp pull on
the stem and it will come off without leaving a stump that will be prone
Buying Cyclamen: make sure to buy plants
that have plenty of new buds coming. The leaves should be firm. Leave
behind plants with mushy stems and limp leaves. These plants will soon
Photo: Desiree Tonus
Pests And Diseases
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 mould 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.
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