Plant Care Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum

4.3 out of 5 (42 experiences)

Cyclamen Persicum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Cyclamen Persicum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Persian Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen, Cyclamen, Persian Violet and Sowbread


Cyclamen persicum

How to care for Cyclamen Persicum


How often to water your Cyclamen Persicum

Water needs for Cyclamen Persicum
0.5 cups
every 9

Cyclamen Persicum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Cyclamen Persicum

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Persian Cyclamen in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cyclamen Persicum: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cyclamen Persicum may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Cyclamen Persicum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cyclamen Persicum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cyclamen Persicum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cyclamen Persicum is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cyclamen Persicum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
Cyclamen Persicum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 17
Cyclamen Persicum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Cyclamen Persicum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Cyclamen Persicum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Cyclamen Persicum has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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globe Orlando, FL

Harmful for humans and animals if ingested. Most rewarding plant I have so far. Loves well drained pot. I water with about two cups every 3-4 days and I spray it everyday. It’s my favorite plant I have, as I saved it from almost being dead at my work office from a coworker.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Portland, OR

It goes dormant in the summer so don’t freak out if it looks dead. Come fall/winter, it bounces back quickly. Its leaves have a beautiful patterning but it’s blooms are even more impressive. Once the buds form, it takes about a month for them to bloom but it’s worth the wait. They are so unique, they look like butterfly wings. Lovely plant, so easy to care for. Just give it bright indirect light and keep its soil from drying out and you’ll have a happy plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Ari77 avatar
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globe Federal Way, WA

Needs water a sun a lot. Should water it every two days

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Langley, British Columbia

This little guy has survived my “care” for many years which makes it a survivor in my books! I love it though and in my experience, it has been very kind to my tendency for drought and then overwatering.

I also really appreciate that it quickly shows if it needs water… I just need to pay enough attention to give it what it’s asking for.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Bidford-on-Avon, England

Very pretty leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe McCall, ID

Beautiful cyclamen flowers yearly

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Very easy to look after. Likes to sit in a bright, East-facing window.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Patricia avatar
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globe Plymouth, MA

It is an very easy plant to take care of and if neglected quickly bounces back.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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This plant is a little temperamental. I haven’t had any blooms since I first got this almost a year ago. It is very sensitive to watering. The stems can get soggy if you water too much or get water too close to the crown. Better to water from the tray - so make sure you put in a planter that has a decent tray to hold water.

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globe Panania, New South Wales

It’s beautiful colour!

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leaves and flowers keep browning :( tried watering it differently (less sometimes, more others) kept it out of light, in light and keep having the same cycle, keeps browning easily, idk what to do

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Pittsburgh, PA

I have had this little plant for 10 years! It was a Valentine’s Day gift from my baby nephew. It’s lasted a few repottings, three houses and two offices.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Don’t worry about them browning easily, let them drain.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Newton, MA

Very sensitive to sunlight and water, but it’s nice to see how fast it reacts, and you can quickly adapt to learn what it likes. Very pretty when it has its flowers out.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Houston, TX

When I first got my cyclamen in February, all her blooms died so I cut them off leaving just the leaves. About a month later, she gave me 6-8 new blooms and just keeps on blooming. Some weeks she needs more water than others and she communicates this by getting a little droopy. I’ll give her about 4-6oz of water and she perks back up within a couple hours. I love my beautiful cyclamen and how her blooms are upside down.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Beautiful but DRAMATIC

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globe Fort Worth, TX

Very hard to take care of and not for the casual plant owner

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globe Paden City, WV

Such a beauty, love the leaves on this plant mine doesn’t like a lot of water it does love the morning sun

Blooms easily Blooms easily

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