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Euphorbia milii


Question: my spurge loses its leaves


how should I treat my euphorbia mili which is at home and is losing its leaves even if it has new shoots? Thanks

Euphorbia milii: Answer: cultivating euphorbia


Dear Fabrizio,
euphorbias milii are widespread in cultivation, because they tend to endure even the most difficult cultivation conditions for many other plants; they are native to Madagascar, but now in the nursery we find only horticultural hybrids, created by the hand of man, which therefore do not always have the same identical requirements as botanical species. They are resistant plants, and if yours is sprouting, it is a sign that the place where you placed it pleases her, otherwise you would see dry or floppy sprigs, a sign of excessive watering. These plants are in effect succulent, but the development of hybrids in greenhouses often leads to an increase in the needs of plants; in nature in any case, even the botanical species of euphorbia milii, do not like extreme conditions: unlike many other succulents, euphorbias milii do not like a completely dry climate for long periods of time; in addition to this, they can withstand even long periods with very high temperatures, and even long days with temperatures close to 4 ° C, but in general they prefer a mild climate, with temperatures close to 20-25 ° C. Even with regards to the amount of sun, they can survive in full sun or in partial shade, but it is advisable to keep them in the sun in cool periods, with short days, and in partial shade in summer. Typically they tend to lose foliage when growing conditions become critical, for example when the air is too dry like it does at home. When watering your euphorbia (which in winter will happen every 15-20 days) remember to wet the soil thoroughly, until you see water come out of the drain holes in the pot; if you see that between two waterings the ground tends to become a dry and arid block, try to water more frequently, avoiding in any case the excesses; in winter avoid supplying fertilizer, but when spring arrives add fertilizing water to the irrigation water every fifteen days or so.