Cyclamen is often disposed of after flowering. You just have to follow a few tips on location and care to get them to bloom again. Avoid these mistakes and you will enjoy your house plants for a long time.
The main season of the indoor cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is between September and April: Then the flowers of the primrose plants shine from white to pink and purple to red also two-tone flowers. After the flowering period, the houseplants are often thrown away: as soon as they become unsightly, they end up in the bin. But why do the plants wither so quickly anyway? And how do you take care of cyclamen so that they bloom again? We’ll reveal that here.
Caring for cyclamen: tips in brief
- If cyclamen are too warm, the plants will fail. A light, cool and airy location at around 16 degrees Celsius is important.
- Too much watering will cause the tubers to rot. It is best to water from below and removes excess water soon.
- Without summer dormancy, the plants will not form new flower buds. To do this, you have to reduce watering and stop fertilizing.
Error 1: The location is too warm
If cyclamen let their flowers and leaves droop, it is probably because the location is too warm. The home of the wild species is mountainous forest regions in the eastern Mediterranean. Thanks to their tubers, the plants survive the dry summer in the soil and bloom in winter.
During the flowering period, they feel most comfortable in a light, cool and airy place, the temperatures are ideally around 16 degrees Celsius. In our living rooms, possibly on the windowsill above the radiator, it is usually too warm for the winter bloomers. Plants do not like the dry heating air either.
They also show this by hanging their heads, fading unusually quickly, and shedding the leaves. A cool winter garden or a bright place in the stairwell or bedroom is ideal – but without direct sunlight and drafts, because the cyclamen cannot tolerate this either.
When watering the blooming cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) you need a sure instinct. The soil should be moderately moist, but not wet
Mistake 2: too much watering
Does the cyclamen get yellow leaves during the flowering period? Then it could be due to too little or too much water. When watering the cyclamen you have to find a healthy mediocrity. The soil should be slightly moist for flowering, but never wet. If water collects in the pot, the tubers will rot.
Even if you pour directly onto the tuber from above, there is a risk of rot. It is better to administer the water indirectly, that is, through the saucer or planter. Wait about half an hour for the cyclamen to soak up. Excess water is then removed immediately. Dipping the houseplants in a bucket of water has also proven its worth. As soon as no more bubbles rise, lift the pot out and let it drain.
The same applies here: tubers, leaves, and flowers of cyclamen should not be wetted if possible. As soon as the upper layer of soil has dried, it is time for the next watering. So that the plants do not suffer a shock, use tempered, soft water. Every one to two weeks it is enriched with liquid fertilizer.
Mistake 3: No summer rest
For cyclamen to bloom again next autumn, they need a break after the exhausting blooming period. To do this, it is important to reduce the amount of water used and stop fertilizing. The tuberous plants are allowed to move in as in their natural habitat: nutrients are stored in the tuber, the leaves wither and yellow.
After the ice saints from mid-May, you can place the potted plants in a partially shaded place in the garden. From September / October the cyclamen are brought back into the house, where new buds will soon appear. And another tip: the end of summer is the ideal time to repot.
Blooming winter classic
The flowering time of the indoor cyclamen extends from September to April. Not surprisingly, then, that the perennial beauty of flowers is such a popular houseplant with us.