Ziggy is one of the most fun house guests you could have. She's bright, cheerful, a little crazy and always up for a party. The Zygo cactus, or Christmas cactus, demands little in the way of attention and is a perfectly fuss-free plant.
Comes in a 14cm grow pot.
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Give your Zygo cactus plenty of bright indirect light by placing it near a north/east facing window. Morning sun will be beneficial. If growing outside, place in a semi-shaded spot with some morning sun, but avoid harsh direct rays.
Although it's dubbed a Zygo cactus, this plant originates from tropical rainforests and does need regular watering. When in bloom let your Zygo cactus dry out only 2cm down before topping up with water. When it's not blooming you can let it dry out further between watering.
When the Zygo cactus is not flowering you can feed every month or two with a balanced organic fertiliser. Stop fertilising when buds form and only fertilise again once blooms are spent.
The Zygo cactus like being root bound and will only need re-potting every second year or so. A regular indoor potting mix will do.
Prune back a couple of weeks after flowering to encourage new blooms and fuller growth. Do not prune in summer or while the plant is flowering. The Christmas cactus blooms when the temperature gets cooler and it enjoys a cool spot in the house, but don't expose to sudden draughts or it can drop its buds. They also like slightly acidic soil and will benefit from old tea leaves, or tea bags.
The Zygo cactus can live for 20 - 30 years! It's native to Brazil where they grow on trees (epiphytic) or rocks (epilithic).
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