Cyclamen – Cyclamen persicum
Symbolism: Cyclamen flowers symbolize lasting feelings and sincere affection. Historically, the cyclamen has also been associated with love, sensuality, and good luck.
Description: Cyclamen is a small flowering plant known for its attractive backward-curving petals in colours such as white, pink, purple, or red. The plant also features green and silver leaves and is particularly distinguished by its large flowers.
Named after: The name Cyclamen is derived from the Greek word kuklos, meaning “circle”, which has been associated with the shape reminiscent of the uterus and the spiral fold characteristic of the stem carrying the seed capsule.
Latin/Scientific name: Cyclamen persicum
Native to: Cyprus, Rhodes, Crete, the Middle East, and North Africa
Flowering period: Potted cyclamens should flower for around six weeks in winter and spring when kept in a cool, bright room.
Vase life: Not applicable, as cyclamens are not commonly used in floral arrangements or bouquets due to their delicate nature.
Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: Not typically used in floral arrangements or bouquets.
When in stock in our shops: Late Winter as a potted flowering plant
Potted plant care
- Place your potted cyclamen plant in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight.
- Avoid direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to wilt or become scorched.
- Use a well-draining potting mix to ensure proper drainage.
- Water your cyclamen plant thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
- Avoid overwatering as it can cause root rot.
- Allow excess water to drain out of the pot to prevent the soil from becoming waterlogged.
Temperature & Humidity
Cyclamen plants prefer cool temperatures (50-65°F, 10-18°C).
They also prefer a humid environment, so placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier can help maintain adequate humidity levels.
Fertilize your cyclamen plant every 2-3 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
Avoid over-fertilizing as it can lead to salt buildup in the soil.
Transitioning Indoors to Outdoors:
If you decide to transition your cyclamen plant from indoors to outdoors, do so gradually to avoid shock.
Start by placing the plant in a shaded outdoor area for a few hours a day and gradually increase the exposure to sunlight over time.
Ensure the outdoor soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogged conditions.