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Cyclamen Plant Care

Light:

Give cyclamen bright, indirect light in the fall and winter. While your plant is dormant during the late spring and summer, keep it in the shade.

Water: 

Water whenever the soil feels dry during the growing season. High humidity, especially during the 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.  

Temperature:

Aim for 10 – 15℃ in winter. Avoid cold drafts as well as hot, dry air from heaters. High temperatures will shorten the flowering period.

Fertilizer:

Feed with a low-nitrogen fertilizer every couple of weeks while in full leaf.

When your Cyclamen is Dormant:

After a cyclamen blooms, it will go into a dormant state. Once the leaves start turning yellow, stop watering and allow leaves to die back.  Remove dead leaves and place them in a shaded cool location for 2-3 months. Water very little to none during dormancy. After 2-3 months (mid-summer) bring it back out of dormancy with a good drink and soak the soil, allowing excess water to drain away.  Once you see new growth continue to care for regularly. 

Potting:

Cyclamen persicum does best planted in a soil-based potting mix, with the top of the tuber just slightly above the soil line.

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