After the holidays when all the decorations come down, life seems kind of drab. In many locations of the country cold weather also brings darker skies. Here in central Florida, we’ve had several cold fronts with rain come down from the north. Cold for us. Even though I live in Florida and winters are mild, I always want a little pop of color in my home.
A small houseplant is the answer. Back several years ago I wrote about keeping winter houseplants healthy. One of my favorite little bloomers in winter is the cyclamen. It blooms for about 8 weeks during the dead of winter. Last week I found a little display of flowering cyclamens in the floral department of my favorite Publix. I had to take one home.
Cyclamen comes in a variety of pinks, whites, reds, and maroon flowers with heart-shaped leaves. This particular plant has a mix of light pink and dark pink. With this plant, more leaves means more buds and flowers. Cyclamen are actually a type of bulb or corm (a short, thickened vertical stem). Their native habitat is the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. In your home, Cyclamen like to be a little on the cooler side with temperatures around 61˚F and in direct light or bright indirect light. My dining table faces my sliding glass doors and the plant gets plenty of light. For more information on caring for cyclamen see Winter Cyclamen Blooms.
I’m wishing you bright colors and a sunny day.
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