Tropical house plant
A petite flowering plant that has sweet-scented, small (1/2- to 3/4-inch) blooms on long stems that stretch up above the foliage. It goes dormant for the summer, but with proper care it will regrow and rebloom in the fall. Exactly when cyclamen goes fully dormant depends on its growing conditions. Warm temperatures propel it to dormancy, but if you keep your home cool your plant might not appear to go fully dormant. Instead it might just lose some leaves and not look its best or bloom for a couple of months. Cooler locations will extend flowers. To encourage reblooming during its growth period, snip dead flower stalks off at the base. Then, as blooming slows, gradually allow the plant to dry out for two to three months. It is going into its dormant stage, and too much water will cause the tuber to rot. A little water is recommended, but you don’t want the soil to remain wet. Give cyclamen bright, indirect light in the winter when the plant is actively growing. In the summer, when the plant is dormant, it’s best to keep cyclamen in a cool, dark spot with good air circulation. When leaves are present, the plant is actively growing. During this period, water whenever the soil feels dry about an inch below its surface. Avoid getting water on the leaves or crown of the plant (part where the stem meets the roots), which can cause it to rot. While the plant is dormant (losing most or all of its leaves), water infrequently only to prevent the soil from entirely drying out. Cyclamen plants don’t like extreme heat, drafts, or dry air. High humidity, especially during the winter, is crucial. To raise humidity, keep your plant on a tray filled with water and pebbles, making sure the pot isn’t touching the water (as this can cause root rot). Cyclamen is dangerous for pets and people if they ingest any part of the plant. It tends to cause more serious symptoms in animals, but it should still be kept out of the reach of young children. In both pets and people, some symptoms of a poisoning include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. More severe symptoms include an abnormal heart rate, seizures, and even death. Contact a medical professional immediately if you suspect poisoning.
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