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Question: The leaves are turning yellow on my cyclamen house plant,and it's quit blooming,why?

Answer: It is possible that your cyclamen is simply slowing its growth in readiness to go into a resting period (dormancy). Yellowing leaves are quite common and can be caused by a variety of things, including transplant shock, over- or under-watering, lack of nitrogen, or even normal leaf aging. If you water regularly, and soil moisture doesn't seem to be the factor, you might try fertilizing with an all-purpose fertilizer at half-strength. Here are some general care tips: Winter care: Place in an east-facing window with bright, indirect light. Cyclamen crowns and foliage are susceptible to fungal rot if too wet, so water only from the bottom (setting the pot in a bowl of water for a few minutes works well). For best flowering, keep humidity high and temperatures cool (60F). Spring care: After flowers fade, gradually withhold water until foliage withers. Store pots in a cool, dry location or remove corms from soil, and store at 40 to 50F in a perforated plastic bag filled with dry peat moss. Summer care: After a 4-5 week resting period, repot the corms in soilless potting mix, leaving half of each corm above the soil surface. Place the pot in a shaded location; when new growth begins, fertilize the cyclamen with all-purpose houseplant food, and keep the soil evenly moist. Hope this answers all your questions!

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