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Cyclamen query




Can someone please help me, I want my cyclamen to reflower, but I've never had one before so need some advice. I've had it a few weeks, when I got it it was full of leaves and flowers, however the leaves all started going yellow and the flowers all drooped. I removed the affected leaves and flowers, gave it a little water and more light and it seems to be doing better. However, there seems to be a lot of withered and dry flower buds, should I remove all of these or are some of them just new baby buds that will grow healthy?

Thanks in advance :)


  • I'm no expert but to me it looks like you have new buds unfurling. My garden ones are doing the same too.

    Could be mistaken but it looks like you might have a whitefly problem as well.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738

    it needs to be on a cool windowsill away from any source of heat or bright sunlight. Only water when the compost is dry, and water from the bottom. 


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks for the response :)

    This may sound like a silly question but how can I be sure which buds are healthy and which I should remove? The stems are very very dry, thin and dark brown, and in the cases of the bigger buds they are drooping towards and eventually laying on the soil, appearing to be dead, so I have removed a couple of these. How can I help these buds survive and how long can I expect it to take before I see them flower?

    How can I deal with the whitefly and what issues might this cause?

  • Looks like Cyclamen purpurascens. I have loads of it, mostly self-seeded. I keep it outdoors, in pots, all year round. It is hardy.

    Hates heat, dryness. Likes shade. Its flowers look cute poking out of snow (when we get it).

    It's a lot more robust than its appearance would suggest.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738

    Not Cyclamen purpurescens. It's C persicum, commonly sold as winter- flowering house plants and not winter hardy in the UK. 


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Yes I believe it's cyclamen persicum, can you advise on the dry buds and potential whitefly?


  • Yes, it's c. persicum.  I don't think that's whitefly (too small) but looks like some kind of fungal infection and suspect it has been a bit over-watered and kept somewhere a bit too warm.  It shouldn't kill the plant but will affect buds and new leaves so I would be tempted to give it a spray of a fungicide such as Bayer garden fungus fighter.  As Dove said, only water them when dry, from the bottom and do keep it somewhere cool.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for the advice. I have only watered once after I had it for about a week and a half, I just put it in a tray of water for less than an hour, because the flowers were all dropping and I had to remove them. Since the watering it has seemed healthier, the one flower remains and the leaves have stopped going yellow.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738

    I find that keeping them cool is vital. 

    Good luck image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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