The Q&A Archives: Propagating Euphorbia

Question: What are the recommended methods to use when attempting to propagate euphorbia-style cactus's. I'm not really sure that euphorbia's are cactus's but they resemble them.

Answer: Euphorbia does look a little like a spineless cactus, but it's officially classified as a succulent. Perennial euphorbia's can be propagated by seed (collect after flowers are spent and seed is ripe, then sow in the spring), or by cuttings taken in the fall. I've managed to start new plants by breaking a stem off, allowing it callous over for a day, then putting it in moistened potting soil. It will form roots at a leaf scar. Or, you can break individual leaves from a stem, allow them to callous over, then plant cut side down, burying only half the leaf in moistened potting soil. You can also dig and divide the plant, making sure that each stem has a portion of root attached. However you propagate your euphorbia, good luck with your project!

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