Some people enjoy giving and receiving plants and flowers as gifts. Different from a box or chocolate or gift card, a living flowers and plants require further treatment to keep them healthy.
There are several kinds of plants and flowers which are likely to be the gift such as cyclamen flower. The cyclamen flower has beautiful flowers which have heart shape leaves and flowers like shooting stars.
This flower is native to Mediterranean areas. Similar to other flowers which origin is Mediterranean area; the cyclamen flowers also require similar growing condition.
In the healthy state, the cyclamen flowers will bloom in spring, fall, and winter. The flowers like the cool and damp condition to grow healthily. During the hot and dry summers, the cyclamen flower will turn into dormancy to store energy for the next growing season.
Even though the cyclamen flower needs a little extra care, you should not give up keeping this plant to last for years.
There are several guides for planting and caring the cyclamen flower.
For both houseplant and garden plant, the cyclamen flower is sensitive to temperature. In general, it likes temperature which similar to the original area. In its natural habitat, the cyclamen grow well in humid and cool environments. The hotter temperature will bring the flower to death in which the leaves turn yellow and the flowers fade.
The houseplant cyclamen are usually the tropical one which cannot live in temperature below 40 F. On the other hand, the garden cyclamen or the hardy one is suitable for outdoor use. However, it is important to look at the species first before buying the cyclamen flower for further temperature caring.
If you are growing cyclamen flower for both houseplant and garden plant, the main point to remember is watering. The cyclamen flower is quite fussy about both under and over watering. Under watering can bring them to dry, while over-watering can make them easily rot.
You have to make sure that the cyclamen flower has good drainage in the pot which will deliver the excess water. This flower does not need to be watered regularly; you just need to water it when the soil is dry. However, you should not leave it dry for a long time until it shows sign of lack of watering such as leaves drop.
When watering the cyclamen flower, make sure to water only the soil and does not water the stem and leaves since it can make them rot.
Similar to other plants, the cyclamen flower also needs fertilizer for additional nutrition. You can fertilize the flower once in one or two months and make sure not to over fertilize since it can affect the blooming process.
After blooming, the cyclamen flower will go into the dormant season. The dormant season is usually during the hot and dry summer.
During the dormant season, the leaves turn dry and look like die.
During the dormancy season in summer, the cyclamen flower should be kept in cool, damp, and dark places with good air circulation.
You should also watch out for watering; a small amount of water will be enough because too much water will make the flower rot.
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After blooming, the cyclamen flower will turn died to dormancy. During the dormant season, you should also maintain the care. After the dormant season, you can begin to water the cyclamen flower again and see them grow and re-bloom.
Once, the dormancy season is over. The cyclamen flower will grow some new shoot and if the pot has crowded with the newly grown, you can re-pot the cyclamen. After the dormancy season, the leaves will start growing and you can maintain usual care.