Cyclamen

Cyclamen spp.

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profile iconBerne Botanic garden Cyclamen repandum
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The genus Cyclamen comprises 24 species of tuberous perennials. Fully hardy species and cultivars make excellent rock garden plants in borders, or in raised beds. Frost-tender Cyclamen make great indoor plants (especially cultivars of C. persicum) as they originate from cool, humid environments. They bring long-lasting colour to a well-lit room of filtered light, especially in the winter months. Even when they are not flowering, the heart-shaped foliage is very attractive. All parts toxic if ingested.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering 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

Pot plant

Great plant for any sized pot.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

As this plant prefers cooler temperatures, be sure the temperature does not exceed 23ºC or decrease below 3ºC.

Special features

Origin

Central Europe, Western Asia and Northeast Africa

Natural climate

Cold to Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Primulaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Red, White

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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