Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum

As I have told you in some other opportunity, the Cyclamen persicum is a plant that I love and I enjoy watching it grow. It is noble and resistant, with the strange virtue that it is one of the few plants whose flowers permeate standing during the cold season.

Although the optimum temperature for this plant is between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius , it has a great tolerance to the cold and the most resistant specimens can even give small flowers even if they grow in the snow. That is why its popular name (Violet of the Alps) is associated with the mountainous climate of the Alps.

cyclamen persicum

The plant in summer

But to have this plant I think it is necessary to know some of its characteristics because otherwise you can fall into some anxiety when, after the summer season, the plant seems to fall into disgrace.

It is not that, it is simply a period of rest that we could associate with a state of hibernation . One of the most outstanding characteristics of this species is that it remains dormant during the hot and dry season and then sprout when the coldest and rainiest days begin.

My Violet of the Alps at the moment looks very pretty on the table of my terrace but in a while I will have to preserve it from the extreme heat of summer. The best thing in these cases is to appeal to a very simple resource: 

Simply, turn the pot around because as we speak of a bulbous plant it can remain alive but in a dormant state during the warm season. In that period, you do not even need to water it, just place it in a place protected from the sun but outdoors and turn it around. A very simple trick that will help your preservation.

More secrets

Another curious fact about Violeta de los Alpe s is that you can know when it comes to a new specimen just by looking at its flowers because as time goes by the flowers tend to be smaller.

Because it is a bulb, it is necessary to avoid classic watering , that is to say, one in which the soil is wetted because the idea is that the water does not come into direct contact with the bulb. The best thing you can do is locate the plant in a pot and put water in the base of the pot for use as you need it. It is also recommended to aerate the soil and fertilize it with a liquid fertilizer in the water during the stage of growth and flowering of the plant.


Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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