cyclamen - Knowledgebase Question

jackson, tn
Question by mickiemouse0
June 28, 2007
The leaves are turning yellow on my cyclamen house plant,and it's quit blooming,why?

Answer from NGA
June 28, 2007


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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