WHY ENDURE WINTER without the lovely Persian cyclamen by your side? From November through March this C. persicum blooms continually, its white, pink, rose or red-brushed white flowers a complete bouquet ringed with handsome, silver-etched foliage. My own cyclamens, pictured above and below, put on a spectacular show each and every winter. Yours will, too, if you care for them this way:
For a successful adventure with cyclamen, meaning one that provides 3-5 months of bloom, it pays to first obtain a healthy, well-grown specimen from the florist. Then — and this is essential — be prepared to keep the plant very cool and quite wet. For the cyclamen is a heat-hating houseplant, and it will collapse miserably if you place it in a room that exceeds 65 degrees.
My own plants flourish with 2 hours of morning sun, temperatures that range from 45-60 degrees (I keep the radiator there turned off), and considerable moisture. I water them from the bottom, not the top; top watering can invite crown-rot.
To achieve blooms each and every winter, proceed this way: In June, induce the plant to rest by withholding all water. Then move it to some dim location, and simply ignore it. As you can see from the photo up top of my own summer-resting plant, it will not be something you wish to have on display.
In August clean off the old growth and reset the corm, its roots still intact, so that it protrudes about a half-inch above the soil surface. I always use the same size pot, filling in with a fresh soil mixture.
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