Providing a very welcome burst of colour indoors at this time of year is the Cyclamen. And it’s November’s Houseplant of the Month. This popular winter-flowering plant is a member of the primrose family (Primulaceae) and the particular species that has achieved houseplant status is Cyclamen persicum.
Small, medium and large flowered cultivars are available with flowers ranging in colour from scarlet through to pink, lilac, white and bi-coloured. The petals can be smooth and twisted or may have frilly edges. Look out for their beautiful heart-shaped leaves with patterned silver-grey or pale green markings.
The red and white flowers are perfect for the festive season, whilst the pastel colours are ideal for the run-up to spring.
Care wise, ideally place cyclamen plants on a north-facing windowsill. They need a light position but not too much direct sunlight. And the spot must also be cool. Wait until the leaves just start to wilt before watering. Then it’s best to stand the plant in a deep saucer of water for 10 minutes and then allow it to drain. Feed them every 3 weeks with a balanced liquid feed.
I’m a huge fan of cyclamen! Not just as houseplants, but also the cut variety which is available at flower markets. The large white frilly variety looks amazing massed on its own as a bridal bouquet.
So, do look out for cyclamen, the next time you’re visiting your wholesaler. They’re wonderful planted up in ceramic or terracotta pots, rustic tins, wicker baskets or even wooden crates to sell as gifts.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)