Easy-to-grow cyclamen should be at the top of every shade gardener’s plant list. These colorful autumn flowers do well in dry shade. Flowers in white, pink and lavender hues hover above silvery foliage in the fall like butterflies.
Cyclamen is more than just a houseplant. There are hardy varieties that thrive outdoors.
Planting and Caring for Cyclamen:
- Choose a location in partial shade and not in afternoon sun. Wooded areas under trees or shrubs are best. Cyclamen needs soil that drains well, and is rich in organic matter. Plants go dormant in summer and will rot if the soil is wet at that time.
- Using a trowel, dig a hole as deep as the plant is in the container, and a little wider, so the roots can spread.
- Plant the cyclamen so that the crown, or base of the stem, is just above the soil surface.
- Replace the soil and firmly pat it down, forming a saucer around the hole to prevent runoff.
- Water after planting.
- Mulch with shredded leaves or finely ground bark mulch.
Cyclamen spread by seed, so don’t deadhead the flowers and the plants will spread.