Cyclamen persicum is a small and compact flowering plant with bright colored blooms, attractive leaves.
The foliage grows very compact and the leaves are patterned and kind of heart shaped, which are very attractive without flowers. The basic leaves are green with silver markings and another has a silver marble effect around most of the leaf and the center is green. The beautiful blooms sit well above the foliage on long stems.
The colorful decorative blooms growing on stems sitting above the leaves are available in many colors, including light pink, deep pink, white, red and light pink with the outer edges and bottom of the petals are dark pink in color.
Once the flowers die off and the leaves turn yellow and deteriorate, the plant becomes dormant and wants to rest during the summer period, so if you like "you can have a go at getting the plant to bloom next year." Unlike other plants that grow at their best from spring - fall, the cyclamen does the opposite and grows from the end of fall - spring.
Cyclamen will grow in sun or partial shade, but they last longer planted in a protected location that remains cool and moist. The are best grown under indirect sunlight.
Water the plant once the soil becomes just about dry to the touch, thoroughly. A good method for watering is to place the plant pot in tepid water and allow the soil and plant to soak up as much as possible, then allow it time to drain before placing it on the plant tray. Immersing them in water avoids water getting inside the crown, which is harmful to them.
A rich well draining potting soil is needed, which retains water but also drains well.
Cyclamen enjoy a low-nitrogen fertilizer once every 2 weeks when they are in bloom.
Once the flowers die off and the leaves turn yellow and deteriorate, the plant becomes dormant during the summer period. Unlike other plants that grow at their best from spring - fall, the cyclamen does the opposite and grows from the end of fall - spring.
Cyclamen makes a wonderful bedding plant outdoors in cool, mild locations.