Zippy way to a few new zygos

Want to splash some colour in a shady corner for next to nothing? Zygocactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are well suited to pots and hanging baskets because they cope with periods of being dry. They are very easy to propagate as the weather warms up, so follow these steps.

  • Take cuttings from your own plant or ask a friend with a colour you like for a few snippets.
  • Leave them lying around until the ends dry and start to form aerial roots.
  • Pop them in pots filled with quality potting mix.
  • Just give them the occasional soaking and some slow-release fertiliser now, and they will reward you with a colourful show each autumn and winter.

For lists of other jobs to do in your garden this month, see inside the November issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine.