Euphorbia brilliant – a favorite of flower growers
Among the Euphorbia family, the genus Euphorbia (the Latin name is euphorbia) is represented by plants of the most diverse forms. Some types of euphorbia resemble cacti, others are herbaceous, there are shrubs.
The favorite of all flower growers for a long time has always been Euphorbia Mil or Euphorbia brilliant. This unpretentious inhabitant of light window sills can bloom all year round. Even in the middle of winter, the brilliant spurge is strewn with bright red, scarlet, yellow, sometimes white flowers. True, it is not the flowers themselves that decorate the brilliant spurge, which are collected in tiny inflorescences, but their spectacular stipules. They look like petals surrounding real flowers of Euphorbia brilliant. Species milkweed brilliant has curved, pencil-thick stems densely covered with thorns. Light green with a short sharp tip, the leaves are located between the spines and to the tops of the shoots they become larger and thicker.
Care for milkweed brilliant
Perhaps, it is rare that any other houseplant feels so comfortable in the absence of special care, in an atmosphere of dry air in houses with central heating, but it simply does not like the high humidity of the air. Euphorbia brilliant does without overwintering in a cool room; for the roots, the warmth of an earthen coma in a pot is important.
As for watering, then there are some peculiarities. A constantly flowering plant that is always warm, of course, needs a little more abundant moisture, but the soil in the pot should dry out between waterings.
You can feed the euphorbia brilliant with any fertilizer for flowers, but it is best to use a special fertilizer for cacti – it is perfect for euphorbia.
Euphorbia Mil is propagated by seeds, but most often reproduction is carried out by cuttings – this applies primarily to hybrid forms, these include such novelties as Petra (red stipules), Victoria (pink), Gabriela (white). For propagation, not young green apical cuttings are used, but more mature, strong shoots. White milky juice is usually released at the cut site – drying the cuttings during the day contributes to the formation of callus. Cuttings are rooted in fine peat or planted in small pots with cactus soil, which can be purchased at flower shops. Rooted young plants are transshipped 2-3 times. By pinching, they are given a more compact shape. Adult plants are transplanted after 1-2 years, older plants need to be transplanted less often.
For transplantation, use humus-rich soil. The substrate is made up of soddy soil mixed with humus and an admixture of equal parts of peat and river sand (3:1:1).
Euphorbia brilliant – the most suitable plant for beginner flower growers – amateurs, because it does not require special care and is not damaged by pests. He will not perish even if they forget about him for a while. Sometimes the plant sheds leaves, causing the stems to become bare for a while, but this phenomenon is passing, and new leaves grow in a month or two. The cause of leaf fall may be too cold location, hypothermia of the earthy coma, excessive watering, or all together.
Like all other species of euphorbia, the milky juice of the euphorbia is poisonous. In all work with the plant, care must be taken.