How to grow Cyclamen persicum

Cyclamen persicum grow and care – geophyte leaf plant of the genus Cyclamen and also known as Florist’s cyclamen or Persian cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum perennial deciduous plant and some cultivars as annual plant, although the leaves are edible used mostly as ornamental plant and as groundcover plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 9-10, and possible with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 11.

Leaves edible, the color of the leaf is dark to light green with white the structure of the color is changed between the cultivars, the shape of the leaf is heart shape

Cyclamen persicum flowers

Flower color can be: red, pink, purple, white or more than one color, the flowers have 5 petals, bend up and create like cup structure, the petals can be in varieties of shapes some cultivars flat or twist.

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How to grow Cyclamen persicum growing requirements and care instructions:

Well-drained soil, clean from weeds area

How to care:
Add fertilizer once a year, in cold winter better to take the bulb in the winter and plant in the spring and in hot summer without enough cold temperature pullout in the summer and plant in the autumn and storage the bulb in refrigerator in dry and dark location

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Vegetative Reproduction (tubers (bulbs))

How to propagate by tuber:
Divide the bulbs need to be in the dormant season and better 2-4 after dormant, to know that the plant ready for division need to check that the plant have more than one source for the leaves growing (nub) and it’s mean that if there is only one location of growing better not to separate or to cut, when cut the bulb need to use sterile knife and plant it in sterile soil, better to plant it back 2 weeks before the planting season and to let it heal outside of the soil.

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but harder to start from seeds and takes few years for blooming, from tuber it’s easier and faster

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Tuber might die in too many summer rains without good drainage

Recommended planting season?
Autumn as annual to winter, autumn in hardiness zone 12, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 11, autumn to spring in hardiness zone in hardiness zone 9-10

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger that the root ball 50-100%, check that the soil without rocks, put organic matter and humus, after establish add fertilizer

How to plant the tubers:
Planting tubers in rich soil, better to dig hole bigger than the tuber 100-300% to check that soil if rock free, put organic matter, humus, water it that the soil be moist until the plant start to grow, the bulbs be above the soil

Pests and diseases:
Cyclamen mite, slugs for seedling

Pruning season:
All season, but better after blooming season

How to prune:
Dead leaves and dead parts of the bulb

Size of the plant:
5-30 cm, 2-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water to average amount of water – depend the drainage of the soil and the amount of rains

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

How to care indoor:
When growing indoor important to check that there is enough light in order to get flowers also the temperature need to be cool in order to set flowers, do not locate next to heaters that will effect on the growth and might won’t bloom.

Problems indoor care:
Not blooming possible from temperature that not fit indoor or not enough fertilizer

Growing is also possible in pots, planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, when growing in container the plant (with one bulb can grow in 0.5-2L (1.3 gallon) depend the size of the bulb, well-drained soil and better to use potting mix or something similar, every few years need to check the soil that it’s still viable and if not take care of the soil by washing the old soil and put new also to keep the tuber possible in the dormant season to take them out of the soil, in order to get flowers after a lot years need to check that the roots system not fill all the planter, if it’s full need to reduce that amount of plants or change to bigger pots

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Autumn / Winter, when start from seeds it’s takes few years before blooming

General information about the flower:
5 petals flower in colors: red, pink, purple, white or more than one color, the, bend up and create like cup structure, the petals can be in varieties of shapes some cultivars flat or twist.

Pollination is done by:

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
Autumn / Winter / Spring

How to harvest the leaves?
Leaves can be trim when fully grow but young

Information about leaves:
Leaf in heart shape the color is dark to light green with white the structure of the color is changed between the cultivars

Uses of Cyclamen persicum leaves:
Cooked, rolled (must to cook well if not the leaves are toxic

How to grow Cyclamen persicum from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sunny location with good drainage in temperature 10-20C (50-68 F)

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place, better to keep in refrigerate before sowing need enough cold hours to germinate

Sowing season:
Spring or autumn mostly depend on the temperature and not on the season

How to plant:
Better to plant in vermiculite and keep it moist

Planting spacing:
10*10 (4*4 inches) (can be less or more depend the size of the bulb) to transplant 3*3cm (2.2*2.2 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil with light humidity

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, keep soil moist but not over water and don’t let it dry

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Half shade, regularly water, keep the soil moist

Scientific name:

Cyclamen persicum

How to grow Cyclamen persicum

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Cyclamen persicum in the wild

Cyclamen persicum flower wild

Cyclamen persicum leaves

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Cyclamen persicum flowers

Growing Cyclamen persicum flowers

Cyclamen persicum plant care


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • White leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Geophyte
  • Leaf plant
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 9