Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple

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Cyclamen persicum "En Vogue Purple"Have you seen this latest addition to the houseplant cyclamen range yet? Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple is something quite unique in a cyclamen flower. Before this plant starts to flower it just looks like any other type of cyclamen but once those flower buds open it looks ever so different.

 

At the end of the flowering stem it has a large white calyx and from that calyx beautiful elongated purple petals extend. The calyx is so heavy that the flowers cannot hold up their heads. So they look like little parasols held above the marbled white and green leaves.

 

It has a flowering period from September to December and is treated just like any other type of cyclamen.

 

Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple Care Tips

cerise pink Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple houseplant

cerise pink Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple flowers

cerise pink Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple

Parasol like Petals

The underneath part of the petals is certainly not as interesting!

 

 

For 6 months a year I get asked how I look after cyclamen. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple or just a common cyclamen houseplant. The care instructions are exactly the same. I’ve looked after tens of thousands of them professionally over the years so these are my tips for growing as a houseplant.

Firstly remember the plants life cycle is the key to success in looking after these houseplants…

Cyclamen Life cycle

Firstly it is a Mediterranean plant. And as the temperature rises from April time onwards the leaves start to turn yellow and it goes into dormancy as a little tuber. Consequently it stays dry all summer. Once the temperatures start to decrease after the hot dry summer and there is more moisture available it starts to produce leaves again. Then by late autumn the flower buds have appeared.

Temperature  (critical in preventing yellow leaves)

Keep it on a cool frost free window sill as the leaves will turn yellow if the room is too warm. Remember its life cycle above! If the room gets too warm the cyclamen gets confused and thinks that summer is on its way. Therefore it starts to go into dormancy hence the yellow leaves.  Approx 55 degrees F  is the best temperature for them. Preferably in indirect sunlight or on a north or east facing window sill.

Feeding

Feed weekly to encourage new leaves. The feeding also helps to prevent yellow leaves.

Watering

Let the top 2 inches of the compost dry out.  Never water directly over the tuber but water either from the base or from the top near the sides of the pot. Never let the plants sit in water for too long as they detest “wet feet”.

Weekly Maintenance

Pull off the fading flower stems and old leaves as close to the tuber as possible to prevent grey mould/botrytis.

cerise pink Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple houseplant
Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple

A little tidbit…

When you are buying your cyclamen gently move away the leaves and look into the centre of the plant. The best plant to buy is one that has lots and lots of new flower buds sitting hidden under those leaves.

 

What do you think – do you prefer this new introduction or the more traditional type of cyclamen flower?

Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

29 Responses

  1. Gerry Snape

    I adore the colour. Every thing moves on and that's how we get so many wonderful plants.
    Thankyou for showing us this cyclamen

  2. Tatyana@MySecretGarden

    Hi Rosie! Thank you for this post and fantastic pictures! I love cyclamen, any type! This is the first season when I have them in my garden. Big or small, they all are so beautiful! Thanks for all the useful info!

  3. Plant Chaser

    Wow! Another cyclamen post. I'm learning a lot about this plant today. Am I right tha the petals of this species don't turn upward? Although you are right about the calyx side being more interesting to look at.

  4. Andrea

    Hello Rosie, Whatever your cyclamen looks like, they are all beautiful for me, as we don't see them often but in garden shows where they grow them in the highlands. I just dont know how long they are kept good in the hot and humid tropics of the lowlands and the city. I love specifically their leaf venations and the petite growth as if they are just shy!

  5. One

    Thanks for the beautiful photos and tips. I am not familiar with this plant. I don't see them here but those tips are applicable for other plants as well.

  6. AaronVFT

    Love the vibrant cyclamens! Never seen this varity before, it certainly looks like parasols haha. They are very difficult to grow here.

  7. Edith Hope

    Dear Rosie, I do like Cyclamen and have noted your points on keeping them alive since I have little success in this area! The new variety you show here is absolutely charming. A dynamic colour and a movement to the petals with its different form. I shall certainly be on the look out for it.

  8. PatioPatch

    Love all cyclamens – a touch of exotic when not much else is flowering. This white calyx is very striking. Thanks for all the info, Rosie

    Laura

  9. JWLW

    HI Rosie: Thanks for the great post.
    Cyclamen is an interesting plant. recently took interest in them, your post was very informative and enjoyable.

    Have a wonderfull day,
    John

  10. Melanie

    It's very pretty Rosie. I've never been tempted by their gorgeous flower colours and distinct foliage. I know they are perennials but I didn't know their dormant period was in the summer.

  11. maiaT

    The color is gorgeous but as trendy as it is, I find the flower of the old type is more beautiful.
    Good that this useful info is for each of them.
    Your photos are fantastic!

  12. debsgarden

    I have never grown cyclamen, but I think they are beautiful. I might prefer the new one, though I would love any one that would grow in my garden! But that is not likely :<

  13. kanak7

    Rosie, I have never seen cyclamen before, except on blogs. This is a beautiful specimen and I liked going through the details about its care. Your photos are stunning.

  14. Caroline Gill

    I don't know which kind I prefer, Rosie, but these Parasols are stunning! We saw wild Cyclamen in the nooks and crannies of the archaeological sites we visited around Pylos in Greece, back in September.

    Thank you for Ladybird ID: my first Harlequin, but probably not something to celebrate … The survey folk have been notified, with pix.

  15. Lucy Corrander

    I've never seen a cyclamen I don't like. They really are lovely flowers.

    Thank you for following Pictures Just Pictures.

    I’ve now used all the allotted space for photos on there and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

    Message in a Milk Bottle
    http://messageinamilkbottle.blogspot.com/

    I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged – a photo a day.

    Lucy

  16. Anna

    Definitely different Rosie ~ I think that I need to see it in the flesh to make my mind up about whether I like it. I never have much joy with indoor cyclamens so have read your cultivation notes with interest 🙂

  17. James Missier

    its a beautiful flowering plant to have. I had seen this plant sold so many times in the supermarkets in my place and often consider them not buying them for I know that they really need a lot of care having them in tropical regions.
    Your upside down flower had managed to not to become one. Interesting indeed.

  18. Rose

    Thanks for these great tips on growing cyclamen, Rosie! I've never had much luck with them in the past, but now I see all that I was doing wrong. I think I'll give one a try again, and this time follow your excellent advice.

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