We are bursting with flowery, spring, plants right now–and we love it! ( Check out some of our latest Dish Garden designs for delivery–they’re beautiful and will Spring-ify anyone’s space!) We have so many brightly colored African Violets, Bulb and Flowering Dish Gardens, Terrariums, Easter Lilies, Orchids, and Cyclamen in the shop right now–that even though it’s still chilly outside, coming into Main Floral makes it feel just that much warmer. Bringing home something bright, and flowery, keeps that warm feeling alive even when it is 30 degrees, cloudy, and more snowy/rainy, stuff is on the way. (Because yes. That’s currently the case here. Gotta love Minnesota. Last weekend…70. This weekend was well…yuck.) To keep the warmth going, even online, we’re going to use the next few blogs to delve into some of our favorite, spring flower care, ideas! Today, let’s talk Cyclamen. What the heck is a Cyclamen, you ask? Well, here, this is what it looks like:
Look familiar? (We’re guessing it probably does. Lots of folks have seen this flowering plant, but the name is a bit difficult to remember.) To find the easiest-to-follow information around, about these adorable little plants, we headed over to,gardening.about.com. (They’re always good for the basics.)
You can grow Cyclamen outside, but, for the purpose of this blog, and what we sell here, at Main Floral, we have decided to focus on the care of the potted variety. All of the care information in this blog, is from HERE. If you’re looking for more, in-depth, information–check out the Cyclamen Society’s website. (Yup. There’s actually one of those–just like the Orchid Society we told you about the other day.) Or, as always, give us a call–we always love to help.
-Potting Soil: Cyclamen persicum does best planted in a soil-based potting mix, with the top of the tuber just slightly above the soil line.
-When leaves are present, the plant is actively growing. Water whenever the soil feels dry. Avoid getting water on the crown of the plant.
-As the flowers begin to fade, gradually allow the plant to dry out for 2-3 months. It’s going into a dormant stage (see below) and any excess water will cause the tuber to rot.
-New growth will probably start to appear around September. At this point, resume watering and feeding. Bring it back indoors before the cold weather.
-High humidity, especially during winter, is crucial. Keep the cyclamen on a tray of water with a layer of pebbles or something else to form a shelf for the cyclamen pot to sit on. Do not let the cyclamen itself sit in the water.
-Feed with a low-nitrogen fertilizer every couple of weeks while in full leaf.
-Give cyclamen bright, indirect light in the winter. While your plant is dormant during the summer, keep it out of bright light.
-Cyclamen do not like heat, but they are not frost hardy. Do not expose to temperatures below 50 degrees F. Avoid drafts as well as hot, dry air.
-Cyclamen generally go dormant for the summer. They don’t like the lack of rain and excess heat, so they take a siesta. By April cyclamen start getting tired and the leaves will begin to yellow and die. When they go fully dormant depends on their growing conditions. If they are houseplants and the heat is kept high, they’ll peter out more quickly. On the other hand, some don’t ever appear to go fully dormant.
-During the summer, dormant cyclamen can be kept indoors, in a cool, dark spot with good air circulation or outdoors, in a shady spot. If you put yours outdoors, be sure to turn the pot on its side to keep the rain out. If the soil gets too wet during dormancy, the tuber will rot. A little water isn’t going to do any harm, but you don’t want the soil to remain wet.
-You can repot with fresh soil and a slightly larger pot while the plant is dormant.
-Begin watering again in September. By then you’ll probably be seeing new growth starting.
-Make sure you bring the pot back indoors before a frost.