CYCLAMEN CARE - Practical Guide

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The Cyclamen It is a genus of bulbous plants that has its origin in the forests of the Mediterranean area. They are highly appreciated in gardening as a winter cycle plant, since many of their species bloom precisely during the coldest months. It is not a particularly demanding plant when it comes to care, but with proper care, it can flower for up to 4 months.

In this Green Ecologist article, we offer you a A simple guide to caring for cyclamen, Alpine violet or Persian violetIf you follow them, you will see that your plants will bear flowers perfectly for several months.

Characteristics of cyclamen or Persian violets

The genus of cyclamen has more than 20 different species, but all of them are perennial herbaceous, with fleshy leaves with long petioles and flowers of very striking colors and a characteristic and pleasant perfume.

The species of the cyclamen, which is also called persian violet, grow and are cultivated in specific geographical areas, with what, for example, in the Iberian Peninsula only grows the Cyclamen balearicum, which is found in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, while the Cyclamen coum is grown in the eastern and southern parts of the Black Sea, and the Cyclamen persicum comes from western Asia Minor.

It should also be mentioned that the cyclamen tuber or bulb is a poisonous plant for humans and most pets. Nothing happens to be in contact with the plant, but if we have small children or pets it is important to avoid that they can eat or put any of its parts in their mouth, especially the mentioned tuber or bulb. If your pet vomits or suffers from diarrhea, he may have eaten a cyclamen plant.

Cyclamen or cyclamen colors

The cyclamen flowers They present a great variety of colors according to their species and hybridization, and can be found in the following shades:

  • Whites If you like this color, we recommend this other article about 10 white garden flowers.
  • Roses
  • Lilacs.
  • Violets.
  • Purples

Cyclamen care - a basic guide

Follow these advice on the care of cyclamen or Persian violet and you will see how well they grow and stay in your pots or flower beds:

Temperature and light

Since cyclamen is a plant, as we have already said, of cool climates and environments or with Cold weather, His worst enemy is usually the excess of sun and heat. If you plant your cyclamen in the garden, do it in an area that does not receive direct sunlight, but has good lighting. If, on the other hand, you have it in an indoor pot, place it in a room with a lot of natural light, but again where the sun's rays do not hit it directly. If possible, find a space or room where the temperature is as cool as possible, away from heat sources, since if the temperature rises above 16 degrees, it is very likely that the cyclamen will lose its flowers. The plant will also appreciate being in a well ventilated place.

Continuing with the resistance characteristics of cyclamen, you may also be interested in knowing these 10 cold and shade resistant outdoor plants.

Irrigation of cyclamen

Water the cyclamen It also requires following some basic guidelines to avoid damaging the plant. Watering it from above is highly discouraged, as the flowers and leaves could be attacked by fungi due to humidity. In the same way, being a bulb, it is not advisable for the bulb itself to come into contact with water.

For all this, it is advisable with cyclamen a capillary or immersion irrigation, which consists of placing the base of the pot on a plate or container with water for about fifteen minutes, allowing the plant to absorb the water it needs and then removing it to dry on another plate with gravel or some other draining material. This must be repeated when we notice that the substrate is dry again, which can be approximately every week, although it varies a lot depending on the conditions of the area. One last tip when it comes to watering is that you always water your cyclamen with warm water, thus avoiding a thermal shock to the plant that will make it lose the flowers sooner.

Compost and pruning

You can help your cyclamen with some liquid manure, but do this only when the plant is beginning to develop flower buds. Lastly, always prune any flowers or stems that begin to wilt or go bad.

My cyclamen has fallen flowers, what happens to it and what do I do?

If you see some fallen flowers on your cyclamen Do not be alarmed: as long as it is flowers or loose stems it can be normal, and simply be flowers that have already given of themselves all they could and you can cut them.

However, if there are many or entire areas of the plant, it is most likely that your cyclamen is not receiving adequate care in any of the points listed above. The most common is overwatering, which causes some sections of the plant to get too wet and rot.

Now you know all this about the care of these plants, but we encourage you to watch the video below on the care of cyclamen. Also, if you like these plants, you may also be interested in knowing other similar ones like these other 15 bulb plants.

If you want to read more articles similar to Cyclamen care, we recommend that you enter our category of Cultivation and care of plants.

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