Florist Cyclamen mix - 3 seeds

Florist Cyclamen mix - 3 seeds


Cyclaman is the common name used for this plant and the name of the genus the persicum variety belongs to. In it's natural habitat you'll find this plant growing within rocky areas, among many shrub vegetation areas and over 1000m above sea levels. It is a tender plant which does not like frost, however, they're grown outdoors (temperate climates) but struggle to survive in winter temperatures.

The genus of cyclames "which are tuber plants" consists of over 20 species and many hybrids, but the persicum and hybrids of this species are the most popular grown indoors. There are also dwarf sizes cultivated (like they are not small enough as they are!), which only grow up to 6 inches tall.

Foliage: The foliage grows very compact and the leaves are patterned and kind of heart shaped, which are very attractive without flowers. The basic leaves are green with silver markings and another has a silver marble effect around most of the leaf and the center is green. The beautiful blooms sit well above the foliage on long stems.

Flowers: The colorful decorative blooms growing on stems sitting above the leaves are available in many colors, including light pink, deep pink, white, red and light pink with the outer edges and bottom of the petals are dark pink in color.

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Temperature: Cool temperatures from 50°F/10°C - 65°F/18°C are ideal, so a cool room without central heating is required (if you want the flowers to last long). If a room is above these temperatures just find the coolest spot within the room.

Light: When the cyclamen persicum is in flower provide a decent amount of light, without direct sunlight.

Watering: Water the plant once the soil becomes just about dry to the touch, thoroughly. A good method for watering is to place the plant pot in tepid water and allow the soil and plant to soak up as much as possible, then allow it time to drain before placing it on the plant tray. Immersing them in water avoids water getting inside the crown, which is harmful to them.

Soil: A rich well draining potting soil is needed, which retains water but also drains well.

Fertilizer: A liquid fertilizer diluted can be used once every 2 weeks while the plant has flowers and foliage.

Re-Potting: I would re-pot the tuber once the flowering season has finished and the leaves have deteriorated. As mentioned in the above flowering and dormant section - leave the top section of the tuber above the soil.

Humidity: Humidity levels are best if they're improved by placing the plant in a pebble humidity tray or using other methods of increasing levels.