Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Time to Up Sticks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Time to Up Sticks

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THERE'LL be plenty of happy folk out there who, like us, enjoy having the ever-popular zygo cactus range bursting into flowers around this time.

When we dropped into Sunray at Nambour this week, the nursery had a lovely range in the Zygo Fantasies improved hybrids range. And the pictured one, Zygo Millie, was a real stand-out in the matching flower-coloured pot.

With a range of names including claw, crab or zygo cactus, Christmas cactus and Schlum-bergera, these plants really do need their beautiful flowers to overcome some confusion.

However, zygos grow well indoors with good light, as well as on verandas, patios and balconies out of the direct sunlight. Water them when the growing medium becomes slightly dry, and liquid-fertilise to encourage new growth in the growing season, or controlled-release fertiliser in spring and summer.

Transplanting

WITH the autumn weather having finally arrived, this is an excellent time to assess your garden, and decide on moving any plants you would like to have in a different position.

The first thing to do, of course, is to work out exactly where you're going to replant it, then enrich the soil by adding well-rotted compost/cow or horse manure and dig it in well.

Add Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food and leave it for a week or two before planting.

As an extra insurance, you may like to spray the plant to be moved with Waterwise Drought Shield that puts a protective shield over foliage to prevent transplant shock.

When you're ready, dig the hole and mix some controlled-release fertiliser into the soil in the base (Acticote provides an instant booster which, as a controlled-release fertiliser continues feeding the plant for up to 12 months).

Then with your sharp spade, cut down at the drip-line right around the plant. Finally, cut through the roots in the base and lift it clear, then place it in the prepared hole, ensuring you keep it at the same depth as it was previously. …

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