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Question: cyclamens


I have cyclamens that were on the terrace with lowered leaves and petals now brought them home hoping they would be saved

Answer: cyclamens


Dear Alessandro,
the cyclamens commonly found in nurseries, those with large leaves that form a large fleshy rosette, belong to hybrid varieties, which fear intense cold, but do not even like the warm and dry climate present in the house; generally they are grown outdoors, on the terrace or in a fairly sheltered place, so that they are not exposed to the harsh night climate. They are often held outdoors throughout the day, and at night they are placed in cool but sheltered areas; therefore it can happen to see on the balcony balustrade a beautiful cyclamen plant, which is moved near the wall at night, so that it has a slight shelter during the coldest hours of the day. In areas with very cold winters, cyclamens are often seen completely covered in the coldest hours or days.
Therefore, if always kept outdoors, they generally receive excessively cold temperatures for some hours; if kept in an apartment they usually find an excessively hot and dry climate.
When the leaves, from rigid and fleshy, become floppy and all the stems turn downwards, the reasons can be two
1 Need for more watering.
2 Excessively low temperatures.
If you put a finger in the soil of the pot, and find it very dry, then your plants need only more frequent watering: every time the soil tends to dry, it waters again; avoiding however to leave the ground constantly saturated with water, and also avoiding stagnant water, which favors the development of rottenness and does not allow the radical apparatus to breathe.
If the soil is moist, then your cyclamens have remained at excessively low temperatures.
You can then simply move them to a more sheltered place during the night.
If you decide to always grow them at home, remember to place them in a very bright area, away from direct sources of heat and water every time the soil dries, trying to wet the leaves well, to increase the environmental humidity.
They seem easy to follow advice, too bad that often the brighter windowsill of the house is placed right above the radiator, which excessively dries the air; or it often happens that the free shelf for the plant is placed in an area where we do not look often, and therefore we happen to leave our cyclamen without water for long days.
Fortunately, cyclamens are generally quite resistant, so even if left for a few days in the cold or without water, they recover quickly once they are brought into more suitable cultivation conditions.
They are plants that develop in the undergrowth in nature, so we try to grow them in conditions where they can enjoy good brightness, but not direct sun, good environmental humidity and good ventilation.