Some like it hot – some don’t

Photo by Rob Proctor

Cyclamen, Poinsettia and Paperwhites

Cyclamen in basket

This week’s segment is about a winter plant for your windowsill.  This plant likes it cool, blooms in the winter, can be put outside in the shade in summer and you can bring it back in for the winter.

Cyclamens!!  They come in all bright vibrant colors to give your windowsill some color and it will perk up those drab days.  Pink, purple, coral, white and red.  They have beautiful foliage.  Dark green and some variegated.  A color to complement any windowsill.

Cyclamens like it around 55 to 60 degrees so if you’re the type to have the temperature turned down and wear sweaters around the house this is the plant for you.  A winter window will be cool enough for them.

They will drown, so water when dry and don’t let them sit in water.  In the summer you can put them in the garden in the shade.  They won’t bloom much but they don’t go dormant and this will keep them going until you can bring them back inside for the next winter.

These are good tips.  Now I know why Cyclamen always died on me.  I didn’t realize they needed it cool and won’t bloom if too warm.  I probably drowned it as well.

Good Luck and Happy Gardening!!

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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