How to Care for Cyclamen Pot Plants


With its heart-shaped foliage and lovely blooms in shades of red, white, pink and salmon, cyclamen is a popular gift plant, widely available from Christmas through Mother's Day. Cyclamen is often thrown out after the blooms fade and the foliage wilts, but with a bit of time and attention, the plant will often bloom again. Even though the blooms may be smaller and not quite as bright, prolonging the life of such a lovely plant is well worth the effort.

Step 1

Place the cyclamen plant in bright light between late winter and early spring. After early spring, move the plant into a room with very low light.

Step 2

Keep cyclamen in a cool room with daytime temperatures no higher than 68 degrees F. For the night, move the cyclamen into a room where the temperature will be 40 to 60 degrees F. Blooming will be cut short and the foliage will turn yellow if the cyclamen is kept in a warm room.

Step 3

Water cyclamen as soon as the soil feels dry and never allow the plant to wilt. Add the water at the edge of the container to keep water away from the center of the plant. Use a container with bottom drainage and don't allow the container to stand in water.

Step 4

Feed cyclamen after you've had the plant for about a month, using a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants that has been diluted to half strength. Repeat every three to four weeks.

Step 5

Stop watering when the cyclamen is done blooming and the foliage turns yellow. Place the plant in a cool place out of direct sunlight and leave it for about two months or until the foliage is completely dry.

Step 6

Remove the cyclamen from its container and re-pot the plant into a container one size larger, with the top half of the cyclamen tuber above the surface of the soil. Fill the container with a good-quality commercial potting soil. Do not water the cyclamen tuber at this time. Place the container near a shaded window in a cool room .

Step 7

Water the cyclamen tuber when new foliage begins to emerge in autumn. If the foliage hasn't emerged by October, water the soil lightly and foliage should appear. Once foliage appears, move the cyclamen back into bright sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Container with bottom drainage
  • Liquid fertilizer for indoor plants
  • Larger container for re-potting
  • Commercial potting soil


  • University of Minnesota: Cyclamen Care
  • University of Missouri: Care of Flowering Potted Plants
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.