Cyclamen Care

Nov 30, 2014

Cyclamen (C. Persicum)

Cyclamen may bloom indoors for several months with proper care. Like butterflies on stems!

A north facing window is the ideal spot for this plant, away from direct sun and heating sources. A warm room will shorten the bloom time.


General Care

  • Temperature: 50-60 degrees
  • Light: Put in a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight
  • Water: Keep soil moist at all times. Direct water underneath foliage and not on it.
  • Humidity: Mist plant frequently
  • Fertilization: Feed regularly with any houseplant food.

To Prepare for Reblooming : Reduce watering and stop feeding. Put pot on its side in a cool place and keep soil dry.  In midsummer, repot with new soil, filling pot so top half of bulb is uncovered. Put pot in a cool, well-lit place. Begin watering again to keep soil moist at all times.

Problem Solutions

Leaves turn yellow, but crown is healthy

Hot, dry air is the likely cause. May also be due to overwatering or too much direct sun.

Crown begins to soften and rot

Usually caused by overwatering or watering from above so that water stands on the crown. Water  underneath foliage instead.


Short flowering period

Either too much warmth, incorrect watering or dry air are all possible reasons.