January Cyclamen Flowers

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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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

36 thoughts to “January Cyclamen Flowers”

    1. You only have to keep them alive for 4 to 8 weeks. I think of them like cut flowers but with a longer life.

  1. It’s nice to see flowers when the weather is so rubbish outside. I’ve been buying a bunch each week, having them come with the food delivery.
    These are such a pretty flower, so bright and cheerful.

    1. buying a bouquet each week sounds like heaven – I did that more when I was still working – I’ll keep the cyclamen until it dies back in a month or so and look for another short term potted plant

  2. I never knew the name of this plant but my grandmother used to have a purple one and I’m pretty sure I still have the painting I made capturing it in bloom one year. What a great way to brighten up your home in the winter.

  3. Sorry Carol, I thought I had already left a note here but if this is a repeat you can delete. Hope all goes well with you and I certainly have enjoyed this visit to remind me how beautiful cyclamen is. Enjoy the day and weekend ahead 🙂

  4. Carol – next week, we will put away our Christmas decorations, and yes, things will seem drab. I will put out Valentine’s decorations, and that will help a little!

  5. I haven’t bought a cyclamen in many years. I like their variegated leaves but I don’t have the right indoor conditions for them.. Each January I usually buy a primrose plant but I never did this year. Like you, I think these short term potted plants as a longer lived alternative to cut flowers. Alana ramblinwitham

  6. One of my favorites! They grow wild here and are a protected flower. I tried raising the cultured ones at home without success, not cold enough for them.

  7. It’s nice to see flowers when the weather is so rubbish outside. These are such a pretty flower, so bright and cheerful. Lovely Cyclamen blooms, Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

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