PPDL Picture of the Week
January 16, 2017
The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist, Purdue University, Deptarment of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Cyclamen is just about perfect for Valentine’s
Day gifting with its heart shaped leaves, adorned by lovely flowers in white
and many shades of pink, red and lavender. The flowers have a striking form,
likened to butterflies, birds in flight and even falling stars, depending on
who is doing the looking. And if the plants weren't already attractive enough,
the leaves are finely detailed with silvery or light-green markings.
Cyclamen are most-often stocked in large, showy
size but mini-cyclamen is also available. Look under the leaves, and choose
plants with the largest number of flower buds. To enjoy their beauty well into
spring, provide cyclamen with bright light and cool temperatures - about 65º F
during the day and even cooler at night, if possible. Water thoroughly when the
top layer of soil begins to feel dry to the touch.