Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. Cyclamen species are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one species in Somalia. They grow from tubers and are valued for their flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves.
They tolerate sun or partial shade, but need protection from hot sun in the afternoons.
Water the plant only when the soil is dry to the touch, but do not leave the plant in this dry state too long. Droopy leaves and flowers are signs of under-watering. Water below the leaves so that stems and leaves don't get wet, as this can cause them to rot.
Generally, a complete houseplant fertilizer for cyclamens is recommended, like a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Fertilize every 3-4 for weeks. Cyclamen plants with yellowing leaves may benefit from a complete houseplant fertilizer with added iron.
Cyclamen contains irritating saponins, and when any part of the plant (especially the tubers or roots) are chewed or ingested by dogs and cats, it can result in clinical signs of drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.
Cyclamen (Various Colours)
A single Cyclamen in a 15cm plastic nursery pot.