Houseplant identification – Cyclamen Plant

Could you find out what kind of plant this is. Thanks

Hi Cornie,

Red and white flowers on cyclamen plant
Cyclamen Plant

Your plant is a cyclamen.

The flowers come in red, white, pink, and lavender and have a pleasant sweet smell. These little gems grow and re-bloom as indoor houseplants for several years. Here are some care tips:

During the fall and winter, indoor cyclamen plants need bright indirect light. When your cyclamen becomes dormant sometime in the spring, put it in a darker, cooler area until it starts to produce new leaves in the fall.

How you water  is very important. Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering.  Cyclamen plants should always be watered from the bottom and never watered at the very center of the plant. Once your cyclamen starts to droop a little, place it in a saucer of water for 10 minutes. Allow the excess water in the soil to drain before returning the plant to its decorative container. Cyclamen leaves do not like to be wet, so do not mist and keep them dry at all times. Allowing the plant to droop a little before watering encourages the plant to bloom more.

Feed a Cyclamen house plant monthly in the fall and winter when it’s actively growing with a water-soluble fertilizer reduced to 1/2 the recommended strength.

You can read all my care tips on how to grow a cyclamen plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.