Cyclamen and Anthuriums

Along with that bottle of wine you may be taking to Thanksgiving dinner, why not include a hostess gift that will last long after the last piece of pumpkin pie. With a little thought, you can bring color into your host or hostess’ home during the winter months.

light purple cyclamen in bloom

Cyclamen

  • Place in indirect light or bright indirect light.
  • Cyclamen like to be a little on the cooler side, with temperatures around 61˚F.
  • While in bloom, keep the root ball moist and feed the plant every 2 weeks.
  • Water Cylamen in a tray allowing the roots to take up the water, instead of watering from above the plant.
  • Remove yellow leaves and spent flowers.
fuchsia Christmas Cactus in bloom

Christmas Cactus

  • Treat your cactus as a regular houseplant for most of the year.
  • Keep it in a bright location and let it dry out between watering.
  • To promote bloom at holiday time, give your cactus long uninterrupted dark periods, about 12 hours each night.
  • For timely blooms, begin the dark treatments in mid-October. You can place the plants in a dark closet from about 8PM to 8AM each night for 6-8 weeks or until you see buds forming.
  • Alternately, cacti can be encouraged to bloom if they are subjected to cool temperatures of about 50-55° F for about 6 weeks. This will eliminate the need for dark treatments.
  • Remember to water less during this time of bud formation.
red Anthurium bloom

Anthurium

  • Grows best in bright, indirect light.
  • Soil should be free draining but hold some water.
  • Only water when the soil is dry to the touch.
  • Fertilized with a one-quarter strength fertilizer once every three to four months.