Want blooms inside during WNY winter? Get a cyclamen

Cyclamen from Mischler's Florist in Williamsville NY
Cyclamen flower inside during the winter in pink, red, white and purple. Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

by Connie Oswald Stofko

If you’re looking for a blooming flower in winter, especially for Valentine’s Day, check out cyclamen.

Some attentive gardeners may find cyclamen tricky to care for, but that’s because cyclamen don’t need much care.

“They don’t want to be overloved,” said Mark Yadon, vice president of Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.

cyclamen for Valentine's Day from Mischler's Florist in Williamsville
Cyclamen makes a lovely Valentine’s gift. Photo courtesy Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses

Cyclamen like it a little on the dry side, so you shouldn’t overwater them, he said. They also like to dry out between waterings.

If you’re not sure how much to water, err on the side of dry. If they wilt, give them a little water and they’ll bounce right back, he said.

Refraining from watering may be difficult for gardeners who like to dote on their plants. However, a little doting will keep them flowering. You need to deadhead them (remove the dead flowers) to keep them blooming.

Cyclamen like a bright but cool space, Yadon said. You need only a mild fertilizer.

They should continue to bloom until it gets very warm in spring or early summer. After that you can enjoy their foliage. Some people have had success getting the plant to rebloom the following fall.

Cyclamen come in standard and miniature sizes. The flowers are pink, purple, red and white.

2 Comments on “Want blooms inside during WNY winter? Get a cyclamen

  1. Looks like I “overloved” my cyclamen. When it began to look sad I suspected I had overdone the love and found it’s impossible to reverse overwatering. My poor cyclamen didn’t have enough time to dry out before it conked out.

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