enter image description here I live in Florida but this houseplant is new to me. Someone said it was a begonia but I have not found a begonia like this. Not sure how to care for it. Pretty little pink flowers.

  • Thank you for all this information. I know just what to do now. – Cybergrannie Aug 14 '17 at 0:06

It's a cyclamen. Hard to tell flower size from the photo, but I'm guessing that it's one of the florist types.

A quick Goggle search gave me this page that talks about growing them indoors.

The florist types have larger blossoms. I'm most used to seeing them in stores around Christmas. Here in Seattle, we have hardy cyclamen that bloom in spring or fall depending on the species.

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    Ben, the Internet is famous for something called "link rot", which means some websites cease to exist at some point. If you think that the information there might be useful, consider paraphrasing the most important facts in your answer (and keeping the link in your answer, of course). This means we a) get more information in one (our) place and b) don't send the reader on a scavenger hunt across the web. – Stephie Aug 12 '17 at 21:22

It's not a Begonia, it's a Cyclamen, cyclamen persicum to be precise. It likes bright light, but not direct sunlight, so a north facing windowsill is ideal. Prefers cooler temperatures (50-60deg F) and damp soil - it's better to water into an outer container and let the plant soak it up to avoid soaking the tuber or corm too much, which is usually sitting just proud of the soil in the pot. Best to use soft water if possible, and mist occasionally because it prefers higher humidity.

It currently looks as if it needs more water and certainly more daylight, but it may be deciding to go into 'rest' mode, which they do need to do for a while, depends how long it's been in full leaf whether that's the case or not.


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