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
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.
Feed weekly to encourage new leaves. The feeding also helps to prevent yellow leaves.
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”.
Pull off the fading flower stems and old leaves as close to the tuber as possible to prevent grey mould/botrytis.
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?