Drooping Cyclamen - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, PA
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Question by ccnemec
June 7, 1999
My Cyclamen has bloomed non-stop since October - now the leaves are turning yellow and the plant doesn't look very happy. What am I doing wrong? I have not moved it from it's original location - it gets light, not much sun and it still requires a lot of watering.

Answer from NGA
June 7, 1999
Cyclamen is one of those wonderful plants that blooms all winter (with proper care). It also has a reputation for being very particular about indoor temperatures. If the foliage is yellowing, it may be due to hot, dry air. Keep the plant in an spot that remains between 50F and 60F degrees while it is actively blooming. Cyclamen will go into a period of dormancy when it has finished blooming. You can keep the plant over and condition it to bloom again next winter by withholding water when flowering stops and laying the pot on its side, placing it in a cool spot. In October repot in fresh potting soil, place it in a brightly lit area out of direct sunshine, and begin watering again. New stems and leaves will appear, followed by flowers.

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