All About Cyclamen

Cyclamen bloom late fall to spring in many colors: red, rose, burgundy, purple, and white. The downward-nodding flowers are large and showy on 6- to 8-inch stems above kidney-shaped, dark green leaves. Some varieties have silvery marbling on their leaves with frilly or serrated flowers. This fall/winter bedding plant prefers rich, well-drained soil.


Cyclamen can handle fall/winter sun once night temperatures stay consistently under 70 degrees. Cyclamen are cold tolerant and hard frosts generally do not kill them.


To successfully grow cyclamen, you must plant them on the high side with the corn (bulb) partially above soil level. Do not bury emerging flower buds and remove any excess foliage at the base to create more air flow for the plant.


Water cyclamen at soil level and feed with a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the bloom season.