Cyclamen persicum

Cyclamen persicum 'Laser Mixed'
Cyclamen persicum

Family: Primulaceae


Plant type Annual, perennial
Height 4 to 8 inches
Spread 6 to 8 inches
Habit Bushy
Foliage
Growth rate Slow
Interests Flowers, foliage
Uses Borders, pots and tubs, baskets, houseplant
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 8
Heat zone
Sun Full sun to part shade
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Moderate to fertile
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Pink, purple, red, white
Flower season Mid summer to mid winter
Flower size Medium
Foliage colour Green, white variegated
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time
Stems
Features
Wildlife
Texture

Cyclamen persicum are small perennials often grow as annuals. They bear fowers of pink, red and white from mid-summer until mid-winter. They are usually grown as houseplants but smaller varieties can also be used in mixed hanging baskets and planters. Generally the smaller the variety, the hardier they are with miniature varieties able to survive a light frosting.

Cyclamen persicum like a fertile soil. In summer they need a little bit of shade to avoid them drying out too quickly, but through autumn and winter they can be put in full sun. When potting ensure that the top of the corm, at the base of the foliage, is above soil level and, if possible, water from below.

Regular dead-heading will keep them flowering for longer. The technique for dead heading is to put one hand over the compost around the plant to stop it lifting. With the other hand reach down the flower stem and pull sharply ensuring the entire stem is removed.

Cyclamen are prone to the fungal disease botrytis especially if dead or dying foliage is left on the plants, or they are watered over the top. Smaller varieties are generally more resistant.

 

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