Cyclamen is derived from “Kuklos,” Greek for ‘circle.’ The name most likely refers to the shape of the tubers which are characteristic to this beautiful plant. Native to the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, many cultivars of cyclamen have been developed for ornamental use indoors. However, most climates throughout the world also support a wide variety of hardy cyclamen.
Due to the persistence of botanists over the last century, most indoor cyclamen varieties now bloom for seven months (roughly November through May). Some plants can live for over twenty years. They are truly a treasure in a season when very few plants are blooming. Here are the proper care instructions for a long flowering season:
-Cyclamen thrive in a sunny but cool environment. They are perfect for foyers, window sills, entry stairwells, and bedrooms. Optimum temperature 55 to 63º F.
-Water moderately but regularly, at the edge of the pot, never onto the bulb; two to three times a week, depending on temperature and pot size.
-Water thoroughly, then discard any water that has not been absorbed within half an hour of watering. Stagnant water is bad for the roots. Soft, wilting stalks are more often a sign of over-watering than of drying out. The soil should be checked; it should always be slightly damp, but not soaked!
-Fertilize cyclamen once a week to plants in bloom and once a month in summer.
-When outdoor temperatures do not dip below 45º F , you can put it outside at night to keep cool, and bring it in each morning.
-Keep the plant free from wilted blooms and foliage. Just a light twist of the stalk should remove unwanted flowers and leaves.
-Outside cyclamens prefer semi-shade and shelter from the wind; in autumn they enjoy full sun. They can withstand near-freezing temperatures, and even light falls of snow.
For more information on the care of cyclamen or other plants, you may contact us with any questions you may have! Additional information can be found on The Cyclamen Society’s website. Cyclamen is a truly one-of-a-kind plant both indoors and outdoors, and it’s bright colors are sure to keep your spirit warm through the winter and spring!