Cyclamen

Cyclamen spp.

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Cyclamens are great indoor plants as they originate from cool humid environments. They bring long-lasting colour to a well-lit room of filtered light. Depending on the species, they tend to flower in any month of the year. Even when they are not flowering the heart-shaped foliage is very attractive.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Winter

Fruiting time

Spring, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seeds after flowering period (depending on species).

Propagation

Seed

Seeds should be sown fresh, when ripe. Sow to a depth of 0.5 cm and space them 25 to 30 cm apart.

Division

Divide offsets in the dormant period (summer) and plant the tuber just below the soil surface with the top of the tuber exposed.

Special features

Indoor plant
Pot plant
Attractive flowers
Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Central Europe and the mediterranean parts of Western Asia and Northeast Africa.

Natural climate

Cold to Temperate

Environment

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Primulaceae

Flower colour

Various colours including red, white, pink and purple., White, Red, Pink, Purples

Scent

None

Problems

Cyclamens are very sensitive to temperature. Be sure to keep them in the ideal temperature range. They also tend to be easily affected by fungal diseases. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not constantly as root and tuber rot might occur.

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