The flowers on Cyclamen are valued for the upswept petals and variably patterned leaves. Even the foliage is attractive, often having silver marbling on the top sides of the leaves. The florist Cyclamen, which come in several variations of pink, red and white, is the best know species in this genus. The small flowers of this plant are very sweet smelling. These are tuberous plants with the common heart shaped leaves. Cyclamen have a good transpiration rate, and therefore will add to the humidity in your home.
Plant Care: Cyclamen are great flowering plants to add interest to the home in winter, as they do best here from December through March. The plants prefer a cool location with good air circulation! Temperatures that are too high will cause the plant to begin to yellow, and the flowers will fade rapidly. You will also need to make sure that your cyclamen is properly watered. They are sensitive to both over and under watering. Make sure the plant has excellent drainage with a potting medium that holds water well. Water your cyclamen plant only when the soil is dry to the touch, but do not leave the plant in this dry state so long that it shows visible signs of not being watered, such as droopy leaves and flowers. Water cyclamen from below the leaves so that the water doesn’t touch the stems or leaves. Water on the stems and leaves can cause them to rot. Soak the soil thoroughly and let any excess water drain away. Only fertilize once every one to two months with water soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength.
To keep plants blooming, remove flowers as they finish by cutting the stems near the base of the plant. Sometimes the petals will fall off and leave a round seed capsule that resembles a flower bud. Remove these, too. In the spring, let the soil dry out and keep the pot in a cool dry place for the summer. The plants will look dead, but as long as the tubers remain hard and plump, they are only resting. Begin watering in the early fall and put it back into a cool, bright window for another season of bloom.
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