Are you aware that having plants around you can purify the air you breathe? Plants can improve our moods, eliminate the symptoms of stress and depression, and keep us more focused on the work we are doing. The tremendous benefits of having plants are truly undeniable. For this article, we will surely appreciate plants on a deeper level. We will discuss a specific succulent called Euphorbia millotii. This article aims to learn more about this plant’s care, origin, features, and propagation.
Origin of Euphorbia Millotii
This plant is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist shrubland. It usually just grows near coastal Le Bleau, near Vohemar, south of Iharana, northeastern Madagascar. Human activities highly threaten the plant’s habitat. Euphorbia millotii is named after a French botanist, Professor Millot.
Physical Description of Euphorbia Millotii
This plant can grow up to 80 cm tall. It has round, greenish-red to grey, and lignified branches. The leaves are green with rich purple undersides. The blooming season of this plant is from mid-spring to early summer. The flowers are small pendants enveloped by a cup-shaped, encircled by dark wine-colored cyathophylls. Although this plant is generally an attractive succulent that is slow-growing, once established, it can survive on its own for years. Euphorbia millotii is undoubtedly an eye-catching addition to your current house plants.
Like all plants under the Euphorbia genus, Euphorbia Millotii produces poisonous milky white sap. This is called latex and can cause severe skin irritation, blindness, and problems in the mucous membrane. It is advisable to avoid touching this directly, so it is always better to wear gloves when touching the plant.
Euphorbia Millotii prefers a light and warm place with full sunlight to partial shade. It can also tolerate moderate sunlight, but you have to note that your plant will grow slower under shade. Euphorbia Millotii should get at least 6 hours of full sunlight on most days. If placed under shade, you need to harden off this plant prior to placing it under full sunlight. If moved too suddenly from shade into the sun, your plant will be severely scorched.
Like other species from Madagascar, Euphorbia millotii needs a temperature of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. Typically, this type of plant prefers warm to hot temperatures and needs at least a temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Watering and Pot Requirements
You may water Euphorbia Millotii sparingly during winter to prevent dehydration. During the regular growing season, you may water your plant more often, just make sure that you water it deeply. The best practice is to wait for the soil to dry out prior to watering it again completely.
It is ideal for planting Euphorbia Millotii in draining loose compost. This can consist of non-organic materials such as clay, lava grit, and pumice. A well-draining soil mixture with neutral to acidic soil is preferred.
Although it is not required, feeding Euphorbia Millotii during its growing season helps its overall health. Usual watch-out point if you need to feed your plant is when you already notice some yellow discoloration on its bottom part.
You may repot this plant every 2 to 4 years. This is helpful especially if your plant grows more extensive than its initial pot.
Euphorbia Millotii Propagation
Euphorbia Millotii can be propagated through seeds and cuttings. However, you might want to consider propagating through seeds as it takes more patience and time. As a quick reference, below are the steps for each method.
Propagation through seeds
- If you are manually propagating through seeds, it is best to sow seeds during spring or summer
- Choose a sandy loam soil to sow your seeds
- Keep in mind that germination takes around 3 weeks
- Please place it in a place with a high level of humidity
- Naturally, all succulents under the Euphorbia have a fruit that shoots away from the seeds. These seeds are small, round, and light. It can reach up to a few meters away and usually have a uniform spread
Propagation through cuttings
- You may opt to use the offsets that grow at the bottom part of your plant
- Use clean scissors or a knife to cut the offset as close as possible to the base
- Let the cuttings dry for 2 to 3 days and for these to calloused
- Once your cuttings are fully dry, you may now plant them on a well-draining soil mixture
All in all, we hope you can grasp Euphorbia Millotii care through this article. This attractive, slow-growing plant is a wonderful addition to your current house plants. Each succulent has its own beauty, origin, and features. With proper sunlight, water, and soil, we know that your Euphorbia millotii can thrive.
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Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City
Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!