Optimum Planting Time: September – November
Flowers: January - February
Height: 5-13cm (2-5in)
Where to plant
Cyclamen love moist, well-drained soil and partial sun but can also be planted in
shadier conditions beneath both trees and shrubs.
How to plant in the ground
1. Cyclamen work best when planted in large numbers so plant several tubers in a large hole
with added compost, approximately 5cm deep and 15cm apart.
2. Plant the tubers, top concave side up, so only about a 2cm of soil covers it.
3. If creating a naturalising effect, plant clumps in an irregular pattern.
4. Fill in the planting holes with compost and gently firm down.
How to plant in containers
1. Cyclamen also thrive in container displays; we recommend planting in a large container with
drainage holes to assure the soil does not get waterlogged.
2. Fill three quarters of the container with a mixture of John Innes No. 2 Potting Compost with
3. Place the concave side of the tubers in the soil pointing upwards, approximately 5cm deep.
4. Fill the container back in with soil and gently firm down.
5. Water in generously.
1. Water your cyclamen during their growing period if the weather is dry.
2. If your soil is sandy, apply a slow release fertiliser in spring or a yearly mulch to keep the
plants fed and protect them from a winter blast.
3. Remove spent flowers and fallen leaves by hand to reduce the risk of mould.
4. Smaller container plants will need repotting during the dormant period and replace with
fresh soil or compost.
Pests and Diseases
Mice and squirrels may cause a problem by digging up freshly planted tubers, so try to keep them at
bay with chicken wire. Cyclamen can also suffer from grey mould, Botrytis cinereal, which can attack
stalks and leaves. This can be reduced by maintaining good air circulation and avoiding
overcrowding the plants. Remove any dead plant material to avoid the spread.