Keep th­ese in the dark

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Some win­ter bloomers, such as poin­set­tia, zy­go­cac­tus and flam­ing Katy (Kalan­choe bloss­fel­diana, above), are short-day plants that only flower if they re­ceive the re­quired num­ber of hours of dark­ness. When you’re choos­ing a spot for them in the gar­den, keep them well away from sources of ar­ti­fi­cial light, such as liv­ing-room win­dows, gar­den lamps and street lights. If you’re grow­ing them in­doors, place near a win­dow in a room where you don’t turn on the lights at night.

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