Why are my cyclamen leaves wilting?

Can you please tell me what is wrong with my cyclamen The flowers and leaves are drooping then dying i have it inside in filtered light

yates

04 September 2012, 06:03AM

Hi Vicki,

You might like to check the plant to see if there are any insects present. There is a tiny mite called the cyclamen mite that can attack cyclamen. They tend to make the leaf curl which then becomes twisted and brittle. It also attacks the flower buds causing them to wither and die. Mites are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye. If you have a magnifying glass you may be able to detect if they are present. It would be a good idea to remove any of the damaged leaves to discourage further infestation. Also check to see that the soil is not too wet. Cyclamen like to be well drained. You might like to put the plant outside in a shady spot for a period of time to see if it picks up. I wish you good and if you find you are fighting a losing battle, it may be best to purchase another plant.

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