The Q&A Archives: Cyclamen House Plant During Dormant Season

Question: Cyclamen house plant, after flowering do the leaves
continue to grow during the winter months? Thank you.

Answer: After flowering, these plants will lose their leaves and go dormant.

Florists' cyclamens such as yours are very difficult to
keep over time, mainly because they need much cooler
temperatures (say 45 degrees at night and 55 degrees in the
day) than most homes offer, along with far more humidity
than is commonly found. Ideally the blooms can last for
several months -- but they rarely do at home!

Normally the plants do go dormant after blooming. If your
plant is entering dormancy (and not simply complaining your
house is too hot and too dry) you should stop watering and
allow it to dry, then remove any dried stems and foliage, and
set it somewhere cool but not freezing to rest (such as a
cool basement) until the end of summer or so. When the
time comes, repot it into a very rich and humusy soil and
start watering it again. Use a dilute water soluble fertilizer
and take care to keep the crown dry. At home, an east
window is probably best. With any luck, starting it under
"cool greenhouse" conditions in October should give blooms
around Christmas. Good luck with your cyclamen!

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