Status: 03.12.2023, 19:18 PM
By: Ines Alms
Cyclamen are very popular houseplants, but they often end up in the trash after flowering. With these tips, they can live up to 20 years.
Do your cyclamen look limp? Before you dispose of them, check if you are taking care of the delicate houseplants incorrectly. With a few tips, you can bring the mountain flower back to life. With their lively flowers, cyclamen brighten up the winter in our living spaces and have also become popular houseplants due to a variety of flower colors and shapes in the gloomy season. But after the flowering period, many cyclamen, also known as cyclamen, end up in the organic waste bin in spring because they wilt away. However, if you avoid a few mistakes, these attractive flowers can live up to 20 years.
Care mistake No. 1: The unsuitable location for cyclamen
Cyclamen like a rather cooler location in the house, such as the bedroom. © Margit Brettmann/Imago
When our living rooms get comfortably warm in winter, cyclamen quickly get heat stressed. These original forest dwellers prefer rather lower temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius. So, if the houseplants are drooping their pretty flower heads, it's time to move them to a cooler place, otherwise they'll wilt. The bedroom or stairwell, for example, are suitable, as long as there is no draught and the sunlight is not too intense.
Care mistake No. 2: No fresh air for cyclamen
If you want to enjoy the small mountain flowers for longer, you should treat them to a break outdoors in spring. To do this, place half of the pot in the ground in the garden after the last frost, where the plant will take care of itself in summer. It is best to choose a semi-shaded location where the flower is left alone, except for occasional watering, until August. From then on, fertiliser is applied again and in September the cyclamen can be brought back indoors, where it ideally begins to flower.
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Care mistake No. 3: Waterlogging
Proper watering is crucial for a long cyclamen life. The plant should always be kept slightly moist. Like many other houseplants, it is best to water cyclamen from below over the saucer with low-lime water and avoid waterlogging at all costs, otherwise the roots will quickly start to rot and die. However, with good care, the plant can live up to 20 years.
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This article was created with the help of machine support and carefully reviewed by editor Ines Alms before publication.