The Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens is a sight to see this time of year and all year, being one place that feels like summer forever. Right now the model train weaves through the “cold” front room in the conservatory with splashes of pink and red cyclamen stealing the show.
The trick to Cyclamen is that they prefer cool temperatures, much cooler than the average Nebraska or Iowa house in the winter. They would do great in a front porch or similar room as they prefer temperatures around 50 – 60 degrees and bright indirect light. They like moist, not wet soil, so daily checks are helpful.
According to this publication by Iowa State University Extension, “In their native Mediterranean habitat, cyclamens grow in cool sites with annual moist and dry cycles. After blooming, the leaves yellow and die as the plant slowly declines. At this time, gradually reduce the frequency of watering to simulate the dry season and initiate dormancy. The dormancy or rest period should last approximately 6 to 8 weeks during late spring and early summer. During dormancy plants are normally kept in a cool, shaded location. In mid-to late summer, remove the plants from their resting location. Place the dormant plants in a cool, well-lit location and resume watering. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and fertilize periodically. As the flower buds appear in fall or winter, place plants for prime viewing and enjoyment.”
A great time to visit for any train fanatic.
Visit Lauritzen Gardens at 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE.