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Cyclamen plant care guide

Wondering how to keep your garden vibrant during cooler months? Our guide on Cyclamen plant care reveals why it’s one of the best flowers for sprucing up your porch in cold weather.

Looking to introduce the charming Cyclamen to your home garden? Here’s my comprehensive guide on Cyclamen plant care!

In February, I had to attend an out of state conference. When I came back, Sean and the kids had redone the planters on our front step. He had let the kids choose the plants and they chose beautiful pink and purple Cyclamen.

I have to admit – I wasn’t super familiar with this plant. But the flowers are eye catching (I see why my kids picked them!) and the leaves are huge and green.

February isn’t brutal here in Charleston, South Carolina, but it can still get cold. And these plants din’t even flinch.

I’m super impressed with them and definitely recommend them as porch plant now.

In this blog post, we’re going to explore the enchanting world of the Cyclamen plant, a beloved perennial known for its beautiful, heart-shaped leaves and striking, upside-down flowers.

Perfect for both indoor and outdoor gardens, this guide will cover everything you need to know to keep your Cyclamen thriving.

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Cyclamen Plant Care

Let’s delve into the details of Cyclamen care and its unique characteristics.

What is the cyclamen plant?

Cyclamen plants are admired for their vibrant flowers, which point up vertically above the foliage, and their decorative leaves.

The flowers come in shades of pink, purple, red, and white, each with a distinctive, sweet scent.

The heart-shaped leaves are dark green with silver markings, adding to the plant’s aesthetic appeal.

Originally from the Mediterranean, Europe, and parts of Iran, Cyclamens thrive in cool, humid climates.

Their natural habitat has given them a preference for cooler temperatures, making them an excellent choice for fall and winter bloom.

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Cyclamen Planting Considerations

To successfully grow Cyclamen, consider the following conditions:


Cyclamen prefer cooler environments, ideally between 60°F and 68°F (15°C to 20°C) during the day, dropping 5 to 10 degrees at night.

Protect them from temperatures above 70°F (21°C) to avoid wilting and leaf yellowing.

Because of this, these make the perfect porch plants (in the South!) to bridge the gap between poinsettas at Christmas and more traditional spring flowers.


Cyclamen enjoy bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight in the summer months, which can scorch their leaves.

A north or east-facing window is a perfect spot for indoor Cyclamens.

Watering Guidelines

Water cyclamens sparingly, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Avoid getting water on the crown or leaves, which can lead to rot.


These plants thrive in well-draining soil that retains moisture without becoming soggy. Use a potting mix designed for indoor plants, or make your own by mixing peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite.

Be sure to drill drainage holes in your pot if it doesn’t have it – they don’t want to sit in pooling water!

Soil Preparation

Prepare the soil by ensuring it is loose, rich in organic matter, and well-draining. Amend garden soil with compost or a mix suitable for houseplants when potting.

Feeding & Fertilizing

Feed every 1-2 months with a half-strength, balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (fall and winter). Stop fertilizing during dormancy (late spring and summer).

potted cyclamen plant


Cyclamen can be grown in pots or garden beds, depending on your climate. They’re well-suited for cooler climates but can be brought indoors during the hot summer or cold winter months.

Selecting a Location

For outdoor Cyclamens, choose a shaded spot that mimics their natural habitat – out of the direct sun.

Indoors, keep them away from direct heat sources and provide plenty of indirect light. Don’t put them near a vent – they can easily get burned from the heat!

Pruning and Maintenance

Remove yellowing leaves and spent flowers to encourage new growth.

After blooming has finished, reduce watering to allow the plant to enter dormancy.

Pests and Diseases

Cyclamens are generally resilient but can be prone to spider mites and cyclamen mites. Keep an eye out for these pests and use insecticidal soap or neem oil as a preventative measure.

Cyclamen FAQs

Here are some common questions about Cyclamen plants!

How often should I water my Cyclamen plant?

Only water them when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.

Can Cyclamen plants be kept outdoors?

Yes, these plants thrive in indirect sun outdoors in cooler climates and shaded areas.

Do Cyclamen plants need direct sunlight?

No, they prefer bright, indirect light. Direct light will burn the leaves and dry out the flowers.

How do I make my Cyclamen bloom again?

Keep it in a cool, well-lit spot and reduce watering after it has finished blooming to allow it to go dormant.

Are Cyclamen plants toxic to pets?

Yes, they can be toxic if ingested by pets. Keep away from curious mouths!

If you’re looking for a beautiful cool weather flower to add to your porch – how about checking out a Cyclamen!

Thanks for reading!

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