My Last Cyclamen Flower

The weatherman had forecast a northern front coming down to Florida. I woke to heavy cloud coverage which became increasingly dark in the early morning. Slowly the front moved in.

Inside my home I had something to brighten the day. Back in January I wrote about one of my favorite little houseplants. A wonderful little bloomer in winter called the cyclamen.

January 2013 cyclamen

It blooms for about 8 weeks during the dead of winter. My plant had lost its flowers until that morning I found the last bright flower on my cyclamen. Soon the leaves will drop and the plant goes dormant. I will plant it outside since I live in semi-tropical zone, 9B. It is a tropical plant that cannot stand the frost. I have my fingers crossed it comes up and blooms next year. I hope you enjoy the bright flower.

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Carol

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.

21 thoughts to “My Last Cyclamen Flower”

  1. I never knew what these plants were called! I used to have a bright pink one that I just loved… but once it died I didn’t know what it was called to replace it (though now that I’m reading your description I wonder if it was just going dormant and I assumed it had died!). I hope your plant blooms again

    1. I’ll try to share more info here:
      Cyclamen are actually a type of bulb or corm (a short, thickened vertical stem). They are similar to daffodils in that when they are through flowering they die back. Their native habitat is the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. Cyclamen is a tuberous perennial. In warmer climates (Zones 6-9), it maybe planted in the ground and will reappear every year. It will not survive outside in zones colder than 6.
      For most gardeners, Cyclamen is a beautiful winter houseplant. While in bloom, keep the root ball moist and feed the plant every two weeks. Cyclamen should be kept moist by watering in a tray and allowing the roots to take up the water rather than watering from above the plant which can lead to rotting. Remove yellow leaves and spent flowers.
      When cyclamen are done blooming they can be discarded or the corm can be saved. After the foliage dies back, the plant should be left to dry. The corm should then be dug up and re-potted in midsummer. Then place in a warm place so it can establish roots before returning it to a cool 55 – 60˚ F. to encourage flowering.

      Most folks find it’s too much work to save the corm and replant. Most stores offer flowring cyclamen in January, February. I hope that helps!

    1. I’m ready for a new flowering houseplant. I’m looking for an azalea now. Have a lovely week!

  2. Lovely – a freind gave me a pot many years ago now and they keep dying (or looking like I’ve killed them) but then they come back if I keep watering them….so weird. Obviously sturdy stuff!! #WWOT

    1. It’s a corm similar to spring bulbs which die back after blooming. Then the next winter it blooms again

  3. That weather looked like London on most days heheh! I liked the photos roll on Spring and Summer it’s still quite chilly here

    Have a Cyclamentastic week ?

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