Cyclamen, also known as sowbread is a group of tuberous, sweet smelling, perennial flowering plants that are native to Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, the Caucasus, Iran, and Somalia. Cyclamen leaves and flowers grow in a rosette from a tuberous base. If you are looking for beautiful flowering plants that can grow in indirect sunlight, then you must grow this plant and here is how you can do it.
Cyclamen Care Guide
- Sunlight: Bright indirect sunlight is suitable to grow this flowering plant. Do not keep cyclamen plant in direct sunlight for longer duration. Cyclamens grow in autumn, bloom in winter and go dormant in the summer.
- Soil & Potting Mix: They prefer to grow in well draining soils rich in organic matter with slightly acidic pH. You can prepare potting mix with 40% soil + 40% organic compost + 20% cocopeat.
- Watering: Cyclamens require high moisture during flowering, thoroughly water when the soil surface feels dry, but protect crown region. Bottom watering is perfect for this plant.
- Fertilizers: You can fertilize them with a handful of vermicompost + onion peel fertilizer once every 14 days to promote healthy foliage growth and blooms.
- Potting & Repotting: From late spring to summer, it goes under dormancy for two to three months. During this time move them outside, reduce watering and fertilization. Before the next active season, repot them into a new pot.
- Pests & Diseases: However, they are not much affected by pests, but in worse conditions pests such as aphids, mealy bugs, spider mites, thrips, etc. You can use insecticidal soap or neem oil to control these pests.