Festive Cyclamen Planter
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Cyclamen are an easy plant which flowers repeatedly in Autumn or Spring depending upon the variety. They will grow outdoors in sheltered shade, or indoors on a cool window sill or in a porch.
If indoors make sure your plant gets plenty of light, by putting it near a window. Strong direct sunlight is best avoided as are hot radiators.
When these cyclamen are in small pots you will need to water regularly especially if in a warm spot. Ideally they should be allowed to suck water up from underneath, so it is best to leave the plastic pots in a tray or sink with a couple of centimetres of water for a few minutes before returning to their wicker basket. In a warm room you may need to do this several times a week. Try to keep the compost damp - not dry and not soggy
Pick off dead flowers continually to encourage more buds, and pick off dead leaves to keep the basket looking fresh.
If your cyclamen plants start to droop, water immediately and pick off any dead leaves or buds to encourage a recovery. Occasionally mould can develop underneath the leaves, if this occurs, pick off any damaged leaves and flowers, let the plant dry out a little and then water more regularly, but sparingly. Mould is caused by damp humid conditions around the leaf stems or uneven watering and can often be improved in a better ventilated/drier room.
Scientific Name:Cyclamen Persicum
The name Cyclamen comes from the Greek kyklaminos