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What do you need to take care of a cyclamen plant?

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In order to survive, cyclamen plants need to be in the proper temperature and they require correct amounts of light, water, fertilizer and room to grow. Most cyclamens survive best indoors because of their growing requirements.

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What do you need to take care of a cyclamen plant?
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Cyclamen plants go through cycles of a dormant period and a blooming period. During the dormant period, the leaves will yellow and fall off, but with proper care, the plant will re-bloom in a few months. To take care of an indoor cyclamen plant:

  • Keep the proper temperature
  • Cyclamen plants require cool and humid environments to grow, and temperatures need to be between 50 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for them to thrive.

  • Provide enough room
  • Provide a large enough pot that features proper drainage, and fill it with a soil-based potting mix.

  • Provide enough water
  • Do not overwater or underwater cyclamen plants, and thoroughly soak the soil once it is dry to the touch. Only water the soil, not the stem or leaves, as this can lead to rotting. Do not water during dormant months when the leaves are not on the plant.

  • Provide light
  • Cyclamen plants do well under full and filtered sun in the winter, but full summer sun is too harsh and will cause the leaves to fall off prematurely.

  • Fertilize
  • Apply a water-soluble fertilizer at half-strength every 1 to 2 months. Too much fertilizer can keep the plant from reblooming.

Cyclamen plants bloom during the winter months, and they need the root balls kept moist at all times. They should also be given plant food once every 2 weeks. The best way to ensure the roots are kept moist is to use a watering tray underneath the plant.

As the plant finishes its blooming process, the buds can be trimmed down. After this is done, the plant should be left alone to dry, with the option of repotting it in midsummer and placing it in warm place to facilitate the blooming process again.

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