Friday, June 21, 2013

Why some indoor plants die after being purchased

Beautiful pink Cyclamen indoor plant with twisted petals, infront you can see one going into seed form, and the marbled foliage at the bottom.

When buying indoor plants from retail nurseries and shopping centres, it always seems to last a month or two and after flowering they don't flower again or they die. This happens because these plants are grown in greenhouses under strict temperatures and conditions to make them produce such lovely foliage and flowers so that they can sell well.

On Mother's Day my mother received a beautiful Cyclamen plant, and the following month we could see how the plant was withering away, I was determined to save this plant from dying and the key to doing that is to try and mimic the way it "grew up" in the greenhouse, or to find out what country they originate from and what temperatures occur there.

Cyclamens are an enchanting group of plants admired for their attractive, mostly marbled foliage and distinctive flowers with swept back, slightly twisted petals. They prefer a warm to cool climate. Most species originate from the Mediterranean and southern Europe.

What I did with this specific indoor plant was after some flowers had withered I cut the leaves and flowers off some tubers and left others on because I want them to set seed. When they set seed I will leave all the tubers in the soil, until they produce new growth the following season.

In general with all indoor plants give them enough sunlight and fertilise in their growing season this is very important because it encourages growth. Do some research on the given plant and find out if the sunlight needed to be direct or filtered. Water them according to their requirements. When working with bulbs and tubers like Cyclamen it’s vital to give them a GOOD watering once. When you feel the soil surface is dry you can water them again because if overwatered rotting can occur.

Beautiful pink Cyclamen indoor plant with twisted petals, infront you can see one going into seed form, and the marbled foliage at the bottom.

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