The Q&A Archives: Leggy Cyclamen

Question: I have a cyclamen plant that did beautiful until recently. Now it is very leggy and not sprouting any new flowers. The leaves on it look very healthy, just very leggy. What can I do to get it looking full and flowering?

Answer: Cyclamen is generally an easy to grow houseplant. You can prolong the bloom of your cyclamen by keeping it cool and evenly moist, and by snipping off the spent flowers and their stems. Too high temperatures, too little water, or too low light may cause leaves to yellow and drop.

Florist's cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) do their growing in the fall, winter and spring, and are dormant in the summer.

To keep your plant thriving, feed regularly with houseplant food according to the label. Too much nitrogen will result in lots of green growth, at the expense of flower buds, so don't overfeed.

Make sure your plant is getting bright light, and hold off on fertilizer. When all conditions are just right, your plant should be compact and full of blooms.

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