Almost three years ago I bought a smallish cyclamen from IKEA to decorate my second bathroom. I fully expected it to be "produced as disposable" and to bloom for a bit and then .... whatever.
Since then it has been blooming constantly for three years(!) and I have become very fond of it.
From all cyclamens I or my mom ever had or that I read about, they are "supposed" to drop all leaves and go dormant during summer, pushing out new foliage and flowers when you start watering them after that. I always found mine to indicate the beginning of their dormancy phase with the end of flowering and leaves turning yellow and consequently reduced and stopped watering.
But not this one. Yes, a few leaves shrivel up and die and the number of flowers once went down to "only" five, but at the same time it pushes up new leaves and there are dozens of flower buds in various stages of development under the dense foliage. It never had that "slightly scraggly" look I have always associated with the onset of the dormancy phase.
So I've been wondering:
Does a cyclamen need the dormant phase for its long-term health or can I continue caring for it the way I do and enjoy it year-round?