How to recover a cyclamen? Cyclamen are lovely houseplants, especially during their flowering season.
However, once the flowers fade, the plant enters a period of dormancy and may seem seem seemingly dead to you.
Obviously this is not the case, and there is a way you can take to keep the plant alive and prepare it for the next season’s bloom.
Let’s see together how to save a cyclamen that seems hopeless to you!
Exit from the dormant state
Is the cyclamen dormant or dead? During the cyclamen’s dormancy period, the plant may appear to be dead. First, the flowers wither and fall off, then the leaves yellow and fall off in turn.
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This is a normal part of a cyclamen’s life cycle and you should not be alarmed.
There are two things you can check to make sure your plant is still alive.
First, what season are you in? When it is time for the plant to hibernate, nothing can stop the decline of your cyclamen.
If you still have doubts, you can check the bulb. It should be plump and firm. Soft, shriveled or slimy corms indicate problems.
Cyclamen are Mediterranean plants and follow a typical life cycle for plants of that region.
Winters are mild and summers are dry therefore, the plants learn to survive by flowering in winter or early spring and hibernating in summer when moisture is low.
With proper care, dormant cyclamen plants will re-emerge in the fall. While resting, cyclamen need dry soil and dim light.
Bring it back to the optimum temperature
Cool temperatures encourage abundant blooms during the next flowering cycle.
Stop watering the plant when it enters its dormant period. If you are using a peat-based soil mixture, you should add a small amount of water to the soil from time to time to keep it from drying out completely.
However, always keep in mind that too much moisture can rot the bulb, so use water sparingly, moistening only the surface of the soil.
Move the plant to a brighter location when it shows signs of life again in the fall. Water thoroughly, adding a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants according to the instructions on the package.
Keep it cool to encourage flowering, with daytime temperatures not to exceed 18°C and nighttime temperatures of about 10°C.
How to maintain cyclamen after flowering
Use disinfected scissors to remove all the dead and dying foliage that remains.
Place the tuber in a container with the top half of the tuber above the soil surface.
Place the container in a cool, shady room away from bright or direct light.
Do not water or fertilize during the summer dormancy period, generally six to eight weeks.
Watering during dormancy will rot the tuber. As soon as you see new growth between September and December, move the cyclamen into sunlight and water the plant thoroughly.