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I recently bought a well established cyclamen. Now it seems to be dying. I have never had any joy with cyclamens. Any ideas please. I always say won't buy anymore but I do. They are so prety and I always plant them in pots.


  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Did you buy as a bedding plant or a corm? I find that the bedding plants often go mouldy if they get too much water and if you water from above. I water very sparringly and try not to get it on the leaves.  This year they are doing really well.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    Hardy cyclamen or houseplant cyclamen?

    or those that get sold around now for containers which aren't really hardy?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • It was a really big plant full of flowers. But the leaves have gone exactly as you have disqribed. So I won't be bothering wasting money on them again. Iv taken all the flowers off and its beside a wall. See how it goes on. Was so prety with bright red flowers.thanks for advice.
  • Those big ones aren't winter hardy outside.  They're really houseplants.

    The ones that are hardy are the little ones, e.g. Cyclamen hederafolium and Cyclamen coum


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Hi Susan, the bright red flowers are the giveaway that it is a non-hardy type (almost certainly Cyclamen persicum.)  Those are best grown indoors, or at least dug-up, potted and kept indoors well before the first frost.  The hardy types for oudoor use are almost all pink/purple or white and have small flowers about 1.5 to 2cm in size.

    Garden centres etc sell the large flowered non-hardy types as annuals so unless you dig them up and look after them over the winter they will die.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you won't be buying from the seller again as they were advertised outdoor. Thank you will try and save it and bring it indoors tomorrow.
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