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Caring for your cyclamen

Cyclamen persicum 'Striata'
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Cyclamen persicum 'Striata'
Time of Year Early Winter to late spring
(November to March-April)
Late Spring
(March to May)
(May to August)
(late August to November)
Physiological phenomenon Blooming period Rest period begins Rest period Vegetative growth and flower formation begin
  • Bright light
  • Avoid direct noonday sun
  • Bright light
  • Avoid direct noonday sun
Keep the tuber in a cool spot away from bright light As during the blooming period
  • Daytime: 15-18°C
  • Nighttime: 12-15°C
  • Daytime: 15-18°C
  • Nighttime: 12-15°C
Cool temperatures (about 15°C)
  • Daytime: 20°C
  • Nighttime: 17°C
  • Water copiously
  • Moisten soil mixture thoroughly
  • Remove excess water
  • Allow soil to dry out between waterings
  • Reduce watering gradually when the leaves start to turn yellow
  • Stop watering when all the leaves have turned yellow and dry
Do not water, but keep in a spot with sufficient humidity to keep the tuber from becoming desiccated Gradually resume watering as the leaves appear
Fertilizing Every two weeks, fertilize with a balanced fertilizer alternating with a fertilizer high in potassium Stop fertilizing Do not fertilize Gradually resume fertilizing along with watering
Maintenance and repotting Remove spent leaves and blooms Remove dried leaves Repot the tuber in a suitable soil mixture in late August  

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