I bought a couple florist cyclamens for containers this spring. When the weather got hot, I replaced the pots containing the cyclamens and moved these pots to the shade garden where they survived and bloomed throughout the summer. When it got cooler I moved the pots back to the container and they are still alive and loaded with buds in December in Chicago. I first saw cyclamens in Italy in March and the temps there were in the 40s. Everyone had them in windowboxes or hotels had them in planters at the entrances. I have now moved them to the garage and want to know how to make them go dormant or what to do with them to help them make it through the winter. I would like to replant them in the containers next spring if they make it. I know I can just buy new ones next spring but I wanted to see if I could save these since they have more than doubled in size since I bought them.
Wild cyclamen likes cold temperatures. On my winter walks I look for them, so see at minimum one with flowers (if there is not too much snow).
So: as far I know, they will not be dormant, but as many forest flowers, they try to get some sun, when tree leaves are missing. I think 20-25 degree Fahrenheit (-6 Centigrades) should be still comfortable for them.
So I would put them in the garage, but near some window (hoping that garage will be in any case be colder than 40s). Or external to the garage, near a wall, with some plastic to protect them from the infamous Chicago wind (but I not an expert of Chicago, so I'm not sure that his would work).
Looking at Wikipedia, I found much more Cyclamen species in southern part of Europe. I was thinking about the alpine and Pyrenean species, very resistent to frost. Cultivated species are usually less resistant.
Check also the good section about hardiness of Cyclamen in wikipedia.
I love learning new stuff...Cyclamens like the cooler side. There is a difference between your florist cyclamen and wild cyclamens however. Florist cyclamens do well with 60 degrees not 20 degrees Fahrenheit. And then there is problem with acclimating any plant from one environment they are used to to another they are not. Here is a decent article. I wouldn't put them in the garage. I'd find a coolish sunny spot in your home for the winter. They are tropical plants, going dormant means everything dies back and the corm that is the plant had better not freeze (pots will cause the corm to freeze as it isn't in the protective garden soil). Hope this helps. florist cyclamen care