Naples cyclamen: for a beautiful floral carpet

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The Naples cyclamen is distinguished from the florists’ cyclamen by its attractive late summer flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

NameCyclamen hederifolium
Family : Primulaceae
Type : Bulb

: 10 to 15 cm
Exposure : Partial shade, undergrowth
Soil : Light and well drained

Flowering : Late summer, fall

Here is the cultivation of indoor cyclamen , the one we are used to seeing in pots inside our homes.

Planting the Naples cyclamen

Planting Naples cyclamen bulbs:

It is recommended to plant cyclamen bulbs in spring or late summer or early fall .

  • Prefer partially shaded spaces such as the underside of a tree or the edge of a house to the east or north
  • Space each bulb 10 to 20 cm apart and bury them about 5-6 cm deep
  • A little trick is to throw the bulbs by hand randomly and plant them where they fell

It can be used in pots, planters but also in semi-shaded beds.
In any case, cover the bulb only superficially with soil mixed with compost.

For cyclamen purchased already in bloom , make sure that there are buds forming as this is the guarantee of prolonged flowering.

Sowing Naples cyclamen:

Sowing is quite easy . Simply collect the seeds when the capsules open and put them in pots of potting soil.

  • Soak the seeds beforehand for several hours in lukewarm water to speed up germination.
  • Be aware that once in the ground, the Naples cyclamen tends to sow itself spontaneously
  • This cyclamen will quickly form a carpet of flowers

Naples Cyclamen Care

No maintenance is necessary but you can, if you wish, remove faded or yellowed flowers as you go.

  • To do this, remove the entire stem that carries the flower by rotating it slightly and pulling sharply.
  • Never remove the foliage before it has faded at the risk of not seeing your cyclamen bloom again

Watering the Naples cyclamen:

Natural watering by rain should be sufficient except in case of strong heat or prolonged drought.

If the summer has been dry and you feel that your cyclamen are struggling to come out, do not hesitate to water them with a few waterings.

In order to have a spectacular flowering, add once a week fertilizer for flowering plants .

Naples Cyclamen Diseases

The leaves of the cyclamen are drying out:

  • It’s a bit as if they had burned. This is an excess of sun, protect your plants from direct sunlight.

The leaves wither :

  • If your plant looks gray, it’s often due to over-watering.

Cyclamen leaves turn yellow prematurely :

  • Bring it fertilizer, it is undoubtedly linked to a lack of food, especially for potted cyclamen

The flowers lose their luster :

  • If they seem a little pale, remove faded flowers as you go and fertilize once a week.
  • The bulbs can be renewed approximately every 5 years

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