Winter Flowers to Warm to. Part 6


I love Cyclamen for the main reason that they add such vibrant colours to winter garden beds. Not only that but they can be purchased very cheaply from most garden centres and even in the larger supermarkets. I have seen them from as low as £2.50 ($3).


Potted indoor care

I would say that if you can, change the pot for something a bit more decorative than the brown plastic pot that they usually come in. If you do, try to avoid disturbing the roots. Tease out the roots them out if you are repotting into a larger container but try not to damage them.

I always like to cover the surrounding soil with moss or at very least something decorative. Naturally, they would have moss and other things growing around them and just seeing soil at the bottom is ok but isn’t exactly the easiest thing on the eye.

If you couple some different shades of pink Cyclamen with pink or white Poinsettia, you can create a very festive, rather cheap, but massively impressive arrangement to show off to your family this Christmas.


When watering, make sure the soil remains moist but not dripping. I have found that putting them in a bath of water around an inch to two inches deep works best. I don’t tend to leave them in the bath for very long, but I have heard some people finding success with leaving them overnight. They don’t like water being poured on top of them.

They are most happy at around 13C so if your house is too warm, just bare in mind that it may need a bit more water and make sure there’s appropriate drainage.




Planted outdoor care

Grow in part shade, in well-draining soil. They most commonly grow under trees, on banks or in a shady border.

They are best planted with other early flowering woodland plants such as Snowdrops and Primroses.


What happens after it has finished blooming?

Most people just throw it away at this point. The blooms fall off and the leaves start to go yellow and fall off as well. Not to fear, it’s not dying!

It’s simply going into dormancy, this essentially means it’s going to sleep. Dormancy is a bit like hibernation but it sleeps during the summer months and wakes up at winter. You should stop watering it at this point.

Once the plant is out of its dormant period you can start to water it again.


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