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.
Harvest seeds after flowering period (depending on species).
Seeds should be sown fresh, when ripe. Sow to a depth of 0.5 cm and space them 25 to 30 cm apart.
Divide offsets in the dormant period (summer), and plant the tuber just below the soil surface with the top of the tuber exposed.
Great plant for any sized pot.
As this plant prefers cooler temperatures, be sure the temperature does not exceed 23ºC or decrease below 3ºC.
Central Europe, Western Asia and Northeast Africa
Cold to Temperate
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Compost, Sand
Soil PH preference
Pink, Purple, Red, White
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.