Florist cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are a wonderful gift to give on Valentine’s Day. The name cyclamen is derived from the Greek word ”Kuklos” (meaning circle) due to the plant’s circular growth habit. Cyclamens are believed to have originated in the Middle East. In Mediterranean cultures, cyclamens are symbols of empathy and devotion and are traditionally planted in Islamic monasteries and churchyards.
This beautiful houseplant has heart-shaped leaves and long pointed white, red, pink, or purple flowers. In the language of flowers, cyclamens mean sincere, deep love and affection.
Cyclamens are relatively easy to grow as long as they are not overwatered or kept too warm. The soil should feel dry to the touch before watering. Check the plant about ten or fifteen minutes after watering to empty excess water from the saucer or decorative pot. If allowed to sit in water, then the plant roots will rot. Cyclamens prefer cooler temperatures and grow best in daytime temperatures of 60 to 65 °F with nighttime temperatures of around 50 °F. Choose a bright, north-facing window with indirect light, and be sure the plant does not have a heat vent blowing on it.
Surprise your special someone with a beautiful cyclamen for Valentine’s Day.
With proper care, it will bring weeks of enjoyment and brighten up a room. For more information on caring for cyclamens, please see HGIC 1564, Cyclamen.