Gardening Questions And Answers
Racheli found that there is hardly any self-pollination in Cyclamen flowers, they require foreign pollen (from another plant) in order to produce fruit. She found also that the common pollinators of the Cyclamen are tiny moths. These moths are active during winter-time, when the Cyclamens are blooming.
While they prefer cool weather and actually bloom in the winter, cyclamen plants can’t tolerate temperatures below freezing. This means that if you live in a cold winter environment and want your plants to make it past their dormant summer period, your only options are growing them in a greenhouse or in pots.
Cyclamen are pretty easy and reliable plants indoors, and if you keep them cool (out of direct sunlight and away from radiators), they look good for about eight weeks. Too much heat in a sunny window will encourage early dormancy, while growing in light, but cool conditions may see them continue to flower into April.
Cyclamen are sensitive to overwatering, making them difficult plants to maintain. Soil that is too wet will rot the tuber, while the leaves will wilt and drop and the flower buds will fall off quickly if the soil is too dry. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, without allowing the plant to wilt.
Oïdium cyclaminis attacks Cyclamen flowers. The spores of this fungus, spread on the wind, cause a white powdery mildew on the petals. The attacks, which take place in warm, humid weather, are fairly rare; but they can cause serious damage to flowering. The disease can be controlled by chemical means.