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Jan 14, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Cyclamen can live for years as a potted plant, I have some. If and when they start to go dormant let them dry out and rest for 2 months or so until they begin growing again. Also do not water over the top of the bulb, it can rot them. They prefer cool temps, keep them in bight but not direct light and away from heat. Mine can bloom all winter, if I remember to keep them watered, which I usually don't since I cannot get used to not having all of my plants outdoors all year. I just let them sit until they begin growth, hang them out in shade for the summer and in fall they start to bloom and I bring them in before hell frozen over season hits. They are all in hanging pots.
Name: ilona
Lovell, Maine (Western ME near (Zone 5a)
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Jan 16, 2018 9:15 AM CST
I had read that when letting cyclamen rest and go dormant, you should put them in a dark closet. This may be a silly question, but... are you supposed to water them back there? It would seem that you must, but I forget about them if they're in a closet! And is keeping them in a dark closet really the best practice?

How do you best let them go dormant? I do love cyclamen, especially for the indoor winter blooms.

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