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How to Get Your Cyclamen to Bloom Again

by ML Meade 05/08/2022

Cyclamen are popular for their bright fall and winter flowers. Often given as gifts during the holiday season, cyclamen flowers can last for several weeks indoors. However, once the blooms have wilted and the plant becomes dormant, many plant owners find it difficult to encourage them to bloom a second time. Luckily, there are steps you can take to encourage your cyclamen to bloom a second year:

Understanding Dormancy

Cyclamen are perennials, native to the Mediterranean region where the summers are sunny and dry. To survive the extreme conditions, the plant goes dormant during the summer to conserve energy. For those not expecting this behavior, it's understandable to assume the plant has simply died. However, plants with dormancy periods rest until the environmental conditions are ideal for new growth. For cyclamen, this means flourishing and flowering in the fall and winter when the temperatures are cool and moisture is more prevalent.

Ideal Conditions

The key to encouraging your cyclamen to bloom again is to provide it with ideal conditions during dormancy. Here's what to do:

  • After the plant stops actively flowering, reduce watering and fertilization frequency.
  • When the leaves begin to wither and turn yellow, do not remove them until they are completely dry.
  • Place the plant in a cool place without much sunlight. Outdoor patios, balconies and porches are good options if they're covered. Otherwise, your garage or a cold room in the house will work.
  • Water very sparingly, but keep the soil moist.
  • When the temperatures start to drop again in the late summer months, you might see new foliage. Start watering regularly again and place in a spot with moderate sunlight.

With this care regimen, your cyclamen should be ready to bloom again in the fall and for years to come.

About the Author
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ML Meade

ML is one of the most well-respected and successful Realtors® in the Marco Island market, often achieving top producer status. Continually taking courses and seminars and achieving additional certifications, ML feels it is important to keep abreast of all the latest trends and information available. Regardless of price point or location, she provides every customer with individualized service and a home buying or selling experience that exceeds expectations. ML receives rave reviews from customers for her knowledge of the current market, technical skills, honesty, professionalism, high-impact marketing techniques, listening and negotiating skills. ML believes that charity begins at home and is a member of many community organizations that raise thousands of dollars for local charities. She co-founded the Marco Island Half Marathon, is a member of the Marco Police Foundation and Certified Emergency Response Team, serves as director of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and is a member of the Marco Chamber of Commerce and 2010 Leadership Marco. She is also a member of the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS®, Naples Board of REALTORS®, Florida Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®. ML’s awards include the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, 2008-2018 Top Producer, Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® and the Robbie Clark Award. Designations/Licenses: Accredited Buyer Representative, e-Pro Internet Professional, Graduate REALTOR Institute, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)