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Aug 14, 2017 6:08 AM CST
I have had a cyclamen persicum for a month however in the last week the stems have begun to droop and the plant is looking quite unwell. I have been keeping it on a table near an open window in full shade, the pot seems to be moist but not too wet (however I am not completely certain about that). The plant still has white flowers and some green leaves however the stems are very floppy with some leaves beginning to dry out today. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to help my cyclamen get better? Thank you very much in advance.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Aug 14, 2017 7:29 AM CST
I've had a florist cyclamen for several years. I've noticed that it really doesn't like hot weather, direct sun so mine is languishing right now. Does your pot have a drainage hole? If so, it might help to let it sit in a saucer of water for 15 or 20 minutes to make sure it's getting enough water. Or you could stick a wooden chopstick down into the pot to check the moisture.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 14, 2017 2:34 PM CST
You list Sydney as your location. I assume that is Australia and you are in winter now. Although Cyclamen are quite cold tolerant if your open window has temps below 45 degrees F, it could be cold damage.

As Cindy indicated, in warm weather Cyclamen do tend to go semi-dormant. If that is the case, trim off all the dead leaf stems and allow the soil to get completely dry for several weeks. Then, resume watering, keeping the soil just barely damp.

The wilting may also have been caused by over watering and root rot, which is much more serious. In that case, the corm or hard round part out of which the stems and roots grow will feel soft and mushy. If so, it is probably a lost cause. If the corm is still firm, then allow the soil to get good and dry before watering again.
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