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:
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.
The key to encouraging your cyclamen to bloom again is to provide it with ideal conditions during dormancy. Here's what to do:
With this care regimen, your cyclamen should be ready to bloom again in the fall and for years to come.