Cyclamen Care Guide
Light : High
Indoors: When this beauty is blooming, keep her in bright, indirect light for longer lasting bloom, then back down to medium light after blooms are spent.
Water : Medium
Keep her soil evenly moist while in bloom. After the blooms are spent, then let the soil dry out between waterings or when your plant meter registers a 2-3.
Humidity : Medium
Indoors: Keep your cypress on a pebble tray or near other plants to keep the humidity near 50-60%. To do this, add a pebble tray and humidifier.
Temp : 60℉ - 72℉
60°F-72°F during the day and 40°F-60°F at night.
Zone : 9|10|11
Outdoors: Since these plants bloom in the fall and winter months, they will need a dry rest period to go into dormancy if held outside in a container. Place the pot in a shaded spot and turn it on its side to prevent rainwater from keeping it moist. Water occasionally to keep it barely moist until new leaves appear.
Fertilizer : Seasonally
Fertilize once a month by diluting a liquid fertilizer (low in nitrogen) into the water while watering. Use half the recommended strength. Fertilize in the fall and winter months but let the plant rest in the spring and summer while not in bloom.
Repotting : 2 Years
When receiving your Cyclamen plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the tubers are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. Repot in the early spring after blooming, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a planter could cause the soil to dry slower.) Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use our potting mix to help with drainage. Add well-draining interior potting mix to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift her and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. Ensure she is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. Keep the soil barely moist throughout the spring and summer months, move her to a shady spot, and keep cool during its dormancy. In September (fall months), move her to a bright, indirect light spot and water. When leaves appear, you can begin fertilizing. If soil settling occurs after watering, add more periodically but do not cover the crown above the surface.
Cleaning : Monthly
Check for pests with a magnifying glass and keep the stems and leaves free of pests (cyclamen mites, spider mites or aphids). For good measure, use our Arbor bioprotectant or bioinsecticide if infestations occur.
Propagation : Division
To propagate your cyclamen: Divide the tubers after blooming, and the leaves start yellowing. Dig the tubers carefully (avoid puncturing a tuber). Remove all the dead leaves at this point. Replant them in our planting mix with a 2-inch layer of soil over the tuber. Store them in a cool, dry area for their dormancy period and only keep them barely moist. Once leaves start appearing, move them to bright, indirect light and begin watering and fertilizing from September to March. Keep the soil moist consistently at this point.