Cyclamen is a pretty perennial that can last up to 30 years when you know how to look after them properly. Our resident green thumb, Shirley Bovshow will show us how to grow and care for Cyclamen
The great news is they are not a difficult plant to grow. Much like Orchids, Cyclamen flourish when they are given some special attention and nurturing.
How To Grow And Care For Cyclamen
The First Thing You Should Do
Most people receive their Cyclamen as a gift during the holidays. It is usually wrapped in pretty foils and plastics.
You need to immediately remove this outer layer, and quickly, as it can cause the cyclamen roots to rot.
Keep Your Cyclamen Cool
Cyclamen don’t enjoy warmer temperatures. When it comes to finding a spot in your home, keep your Cyclamen in the coolest room and out of direct sunlight.
Be sure that the room is light and bright and the location is not sun-affected.
When it comes to watering your Cyclamen, give it the touch test. When the soil feels slightly dry, it’s time to water. It’s important to monitor your plant and ensure that it doesn’t get too dry.
Only the very top layer should feel lightly dried out. Also if your leaves turn yellow, this is a sign that you are overwatering your plant.
How To Care For Your Cyclamen
If you receive your Cyclamen during the cooler months, you can expect blooms all the way through to the summer months.
Shirley says that when the temperature starts rising, you need to stop watering. The reason for this is that Cyclamens are a tuber or root plant.
They need a dormancy cycle where they will rest for a certain period. They also don’t enjoy very warm temperatures. Cyclamen like to ‘hibernate’ during the summertime.
Caring For Cyclamen During Warmer Months
When the leaves begin to yellow as the temperatures rise, pluck off the affected leaves and stop watering your Cyclamen.
Pop it in a cool place, like a closet or garage for the summer. Don’t worry about its appearance. It will look as if it’s dying, but it’s really just taking a rest until temperatures cool again.
This lasts for about 2-3 months. Take it out around October and begin lightly watering it again. You’ll then enjoy the blooms through another winter.
Yellowing Leaves On Your Cyclamen
Don’t overwater your cyclamen. Yellowing leaves are a sure sign that you are drowning your plant. Unlike others, it cannot stand too much watering.
You should water the soil directly, being careful not to get any on the leaves. After, be sure to empty the water that collects in the drip tray. Any resting water in this vicinity will rot the roots.
Why Is Your Cyclamen Drooping?
If your cyclamen is drooping, then it’s probably not getting enough water. This causes the plant to think that it’s experiencing “dormancy season”. All you’ll need to do is water more often.
If you keep your cyclamen in the right location and water it correctly, you’ll have lovely blooms for years to come.
As mentioned earlier, a well-cared-for plant can last up to 30 years so it’s well worth the effort.
How To Grow And Care For Cyclamen Video Tutorial
Cyclamen are a colorful addition to your home and garden and it is well worth understanding their nature.
We highly recommend you spend a few minutes as Shirley Bovshow brings you up to speed with all things Cyclamen. To view, click Play above now ^