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Revive Your Cyclamen: Tips for Successful Repotting

November 24, 2023
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Cyclamen, the vibrant, butterfly-like flowers that grace our homes and gardens, are a sight to behold. But what happens when your beloved cyclamen starts to look a bit under the weather? Fear not, dear gardener! With a little TLC and a dash of cheeky humor, we'll have your cyclamen back in the pink of health in no time. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your gardening gloves, and let's dive into the world of repotting cyclamen.

The Art of Repotting

Repotting isn't just about shoving a plant into a new pot and hoping for the best. Oh no, it's a delicate dance between plant and gardener, a tango of roots, soil, and pot. It's about understanding your plant's needs, and giving it the best possible environment to thrive in. And when it comes to cyclamen, this dance becomes even more intricate.

Why, you ask? Well, cyclamen are a bit like the divas of the plant world. They're stunningly beautiful, but they have very specific needs. They like their soil just so, their water just right, and their pot, well, let's just say they're a bit picky. But don't worry, we're here to guide you through this dance, step by step.

When to Repot

First things first, let's talk about timing. The best time to repot your cyclamen is during its dormancy period, which is usually in the late spring or early summer. This is when the plant is resting and gathering its strength for the next blooming season. It's the perfect time to give it a new home without causing too much stress.

However, if your cyclamen is looking particularly sad and wilted, it might be crying out for an emergency repot. In this case, don't wait for the dormancy period. Just make sure to be extra gentle and careful during the process.

Choosing the Right Pot

Now, let's talk about the pot. As we mentioned earlier, cyclamen are a bit picky when it comes to their homes. They prefer pots that are just slightly larger than their root ball. Too big, and the roots will have too much space to roam, leading to less flowering. Too small, and the roots will be cramped and unhappy. So, choose a pot that's just right. Goldilocks would be proud.

Also, make sure the pot has good drainage. Cyclamen hate waterlogged soil, so a pot with holes at the bottom is a must. And while you're at it, why not choose a pot that complements the beauty of your cyclamen? After all, a diva deserves a stage that matches her beauty.

The Repotting Process

Now that we've covered the basics, let's get down to the nitty-gritty: the actual repotting process. Don't worry, it's not as daunting as it sounds. Just follow these steps, and your cyclamen will be happily settled in its new home in no time.

  1. First, gently remove the cyclamen from its current pot. Be careful not to damage the roots.

  2. Next, inspect the root ball. Remove any dead or diseased roots, and trim back any that are overly long.

  3. Place some fresh, well-draining potting soil in the bottom of the new pot.

  4. Place the cyclamen in the new pot, making sure it's centered and upright.

  5. Fill in around the root ball with more potting soil, making sure not to bury the crown of the plant.

  6. Water the cyclamen thoroughly, and place it in a location with bright, indirect light.

And voila! Your cyclamen is now happily repotted. Give yourself a pat on the back, you've just successfully navigated the dance of repotting.

Post-Repotting Care

But wait, we're not done yet! Repotting is just the first step. Now, it's time to take care of your cyclamen in its new home.

Firstly, remember to water your cyclamen regularly, but don't overdo it. Cyclamen prefer their soil to be slightly dry between waterings. So, let the top inch of soil dry out before you water again.

Secondly, cyclamen love cool temperatures. So, keep your plant in a cool, well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. A north or east-facing window is ideal.

And finally, feed your cyclamen with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. This will give it the nutrients it needs to produce those beautiful, vibrant flowers.


Why is my cyclamen wilting after repotting?

Don't panic! It's normal for plants to go through a bit of shock after repotting. Just make sure to keep the soil moist (but not waterlogged), and your cyclamen should bounce back in no time.

Can I repot my cyclamen while it's blooming?

It's best to avoid repotting while your cyclamen is blooming, as this can cause stress and may lead to fewer flowers. Wait until the blooming period is over, and then go ahead with the repotting.

How often should I repot my cyclamen?

Generally, cyclamen should be repotted every two years. However, if your plant is growing rapidly or the pot is becoming too small, you might need to repot more often.

And there you have it, folks! Everything you need to know about repotting cyclamen. Now, go forth and let your green thumb work its magic. Happy gardening!

About me
Liz Walker
Liz Walker
Hey there! I am Liz, a dedicated gardener and nature enthusiast with over two decades of hands-on experience.
Through my articles, I share insights ranging from organic pest control to creating stunning garden designs.
My aim is to inspire you with the joys of gardening, providing practical advice that makes nurturing your green space both fulfilling and enjoyable.
More about Liz
Liz Walker
Liz Walker
Hey there!

I am Liz, the founder of MyAeroGardening. 
Through my articles, I share insights ranging from organic pest control to creating stunning garden designs.
My aim is to inspire you with the joys of gardening, providing practical advice that makes nurturing your green space both fulfilling and enjoyable.
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