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Cyclamen

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Question: 20-5201
Can I plant my cyclamen, outdoors? Carol, Aberdeen, MD

Mort's Answer:
Cyclamen, gloxinia, primrose and many other houseplants can be planted in your garden or put in larger pots or urns on your patio for the summer. Your cyclamen will probably need to rest. After it finished blooming, it will show signs of deterioration. Only water lightly at this stage. The plant is going into dormancy. Many folks think the plant is dying and will throw them out. Let the plant dry out and store it in a cool dry place for at least 30 days. After it has started to sprout again, then you can start watering more often and start fertilizing with a light liquid solution of 5-10-10. In zone 7, you can probably put the cyclamen outdoors in a shady area in the beginning of May depending on the weather.

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Question: 430-3410
I got a cyclamen for Mother's Day. It is turning yellow. What should I do? Anita, Mystic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Cyclamen are hyped for the holidays. You can use a iron chelated fertilizer to maintain the vigor. Do not over water Shortly, the plant will run out of steam and will need a rest. When the plant starts to go downhill, let it die back. Cyclamen need a rest period of a month or better and lower temps. Do not water, while it is dormant. When it starts to sprout again, water the plant. You can start fertilizing with a high middle number fertilizer, when it is two inches tall again.

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Question: 481-611
My Cyclamen are developing yellow leaves. It just finished blooming. What can I do? Pat, Milton, DE

Mort's Answer:
Cyclamen indicum blooms for a short period of time in the winter as a houseplant, if the heat is too high. It should be about 55 for the bloom to last for a longer time. It will often go into dormancy after blooming. Yellowing is most often a sign of too much water. As the plant goes into dormancy, it does not absorb the regular amount of water. I would suggest that you repot the cyclamen into a two inch larger clay pot. You could bring the plant outdoors this summer into a shady area. In the fall, you can leave it in a cooler place like the basement. If it can be 45 to 50 for at least 45 days before bringing it into an environment that is 55 for the winter, you can get a second bloom. Most people do not make the effort and replace the cyclamen with another plant.

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Question: 902-1013
I received a cyclamen about three weeks ago. It just flopped. I think it it's dormant. Should I try to revive it? Valerie, Griswold, CT

Mort's Answer:
Heat will cause cyclamen and gloxinia to go into dormancy at this time of year. Most houseplants love heat and start to grow with the increase of light at this time of year. If you can find a cool place in the house, let it sit with hardly any water until it starts to sprout again. A basement is a good alternate spot, if it can get some good light. When the plant shows new growth, you can add some regular amounts of water and liquid fertilizer. If you have the Cyclamen indicum that is usually sold around Valentine\'s Day, you may get lucky and get another wave of flowers at 45-55 degrees. C.coum and C.neopolitanum are hardy specie that will bloom in the garden in late summer. You could wait until May 15 and take a shot, if you are not sure.

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