Euphorbia milii 'Primrose Yellow' is a climbing succulent shrub that grows up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. The branched stems are grayish-brown, 5- to 7-sided…
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I bought a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) plant from Logee's and when I unpacked it bottom two inches of the stem seems to have rotten or just dried out somehow. The rest of the stem appeared healthy, with leaves and blooms. The other five plants (different species) I received were all healthy, so I am pretty sure that the plants weren't really affected by the winter temps during shipping. They had fast two day shipping.
Logee's is sending me a new plant, but is there any way I can revive this plant? Maybe cutting the live part of the plant and rooting it? I don't know much about euphorbias so I don't know if this is possible, so hopefully you guys know!
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Be careful not too water too much during the winter, when the light is low, the days are short, and temperatures are cool even indoors. Your rootless cutting will not be able to consume any water until it has elaborated roots, which will take a few weeks minimum. Try to wait for the soil to dry out at depth in between watering each time. Come spring with more light and warmer temps, you can be a little more free with the water.
All of your new crown of thorns plants will enjoy the most natural light you can possibly provide indoors over the winter. Ideally find a spot right next to a sunny, unobstructed southerly facing window. They should "see" the sun for hours each day.
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Just got to be patient and allow it to acclimate further to your growing location. Once Spring is here, let it out, but do it gradually, part shade first. It will be a good time in Spring to correct the media and make it much more grittier.
If you plan on growing Euphorbia Milii succulents outdoors, choose a sunny location with plenty of room. You don’t want to touch it by accident or to trip over it as you might get hurt. At the end of the growing season, cut away the fading leaves and prune the plant to encourage new growth.
If the temperatures drop below 35°F (1°C)in winter, it’s recommended to grow the Euphorbia Milii in a container. When grown indoors, the Crown of Thorns thrives on a sunny windowsill.
Euphorbia Milii is easy to grow semi-succulent that loves sunlight and is very forgiving. If you have a busy schedule or if you don’t have a lot of gardening experience, this flowering succulent is a perfect choice. But be careful not to touch its sharp thorns and to wear gloves when you touch the plant because the milky sap is an irritant. All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, so keep it within a safe distance from children and pets.
|(5)||Crown of Thorns|
|(1)||Siamese Lucky Plant|
|(1)||Corona de Cristo|
|Plant Habit:||Shrub |
|Life cycle:||Perennial |
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade |
|Water Preferences:||Mesic |
|Plant Height :||24-36 inches|
|Plant Spread :||20-24 inches|
|Fruit:||Pops open explosively when ripe |
Other: In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium (plural cyathia). This feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plant kingdom.
|Flower Color:||Orange |
|Bloom Size:||Under 1" |
|Flower Time:||Year Round |
|Suitable Locations:||Xeriscapic |
|Uses:||Will Naturalize |
|Dynamic Accumulator:||B (Boron) |
|Wildlife Attractant:||Bees |
|Resistances:||Deer Resistant |
|Toxicity:||Leaves are poisonous |
Roots are poisonous
Other: All parts of Euphorbias can be toxic
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem |
|Containers:||Suitable in 1 gallon |
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
|Miscellaneous:||With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth |
Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.
I am using these as underplanting for my plumeria since they keep their foliage and blooms throughout the winter in my area, whereas the plumeria are bare.
Native to Madagascar, Euphorbia milii is a woody, succulent shrub with dense, spiny stems that scramble and climb and can reach to 6'. Blooms appear all year round but especially during the winter months. The flowers are tiny and inconspicuous but the bracts appear in colors from red, pink, yellow and white. The plant exudes a latex sap that can cause severe dermatitis in some individuals.
As with other Euphorbias, E. milii requires a slightly richer soil than do many succulents. They make good houseplants and are not bothered by low humidity. They also grow well under artificial lights.
Propagating this plant is very easy from cuttings or branches broken off main plant. It is a type of succulent, so very hardy. However, any new cuttings or branches broken off NEED TO DRY FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS before repotting to harden and seal the pieces. Planting too soon will encourage rot at the cutting site, and you will lose the whole piece.
When cutting, use newspaper or do the cutting on grass as the white sap is very sticky and hard to remove. Do not know about toxicity of sap, but best to be cautious with sap. Goes dormant in the winter and loses all the leaves when I bring it in to overwinter.
Most crown of thorns in cultivation, especially those with extra large flowers, are not the species E. milii but hybrids (for example with E. lophogona). These hybrids can be quite diverse in form and flower color, and some people collect them for this reason. Provide good drainage and regular water. These plants, from Madagascar, enjoy more water than most succulents, especially in containers, but can be quite drought tolerant, especially in the ground. Easy to start from rooted cuttings. May attract bees and hummingbirds. May branch at the base and/or along stems higher up (depends on the variety). May be self-fertile and self-seed in the container garden. Many/most crown of thorns flower year round in mild climates.