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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Oct 5, 2012 11:17 AM CST
This plant will get a major trimming before bringing it in for the winter. It roots in about
six weeks in whatever soil you plant it in if kept damp. It isn't cold hardy. During above
freezing days, it needs to be in full sun for the white part of the leaves to turn red. My
plant is about 12 years old, gets trimmed each fall, makes an attractive house plant and
comes back to a bushy size the next season.

I think that 4-6 12" cuttings would be enough for a 10"-12" pot and would ship in a cardboard
sleeve for about $2-$3.

Let me know if you are interested.
Louise
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Dutchlady1
Oct 5, 2012 6:24 PM CST
I know this is 'Devil's Backbone' or Euphorbia tithymaloides.
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tarev
Oct 5, 2012 10:47 PM CST
Hi Louise! I am interested to get some cuttings :smily:! Will send you tree-mail!
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tarev
Nov 2, 2012 4:54 PM CST
Yey! I finally got to repot the cuttings Louise sent to me Big Grin

Interesting twisty shaped stems Big Grin

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Thanks again Louise!
Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Nov 2, 2012 5:47 PM CST
Thanks for the update and I'm glad they are in the soil already!
Actually, some of the longer pieces could be cut apart. Cuttings
only need to be about 8-10" long. When they root, new leaves
would grow from every joint and the plant would be fuller. As
they are now, I would probably use a center stake to control the
stems in a more upright manner if they stay that long. The arching
branches fill with leaves as it builds roots and it will develop a
larger, stronger stem at the soil line.
As cuttings, they may drop all the leaves now, but they will return.
Every place that I clipped your cuttings will get more dense on
my plant. I have to cut it back every year and it's still huge.

Enjoy,
Louise
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tarev
Nov 2, 2012 6:26 PM CST
Thanks Louise for the planting tips! Yup, I have just put some stake, till it gets its own footing Big Grin Good thing we have some warmth in the forecast Big Grin
Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Nov 2, 2012 9:33 PM CST
My pot is large and I have three of the four foot green stakes
to support the plant and they are not even visible.
It takes about six weeks for the cuttings to root. Keep it in a
light place but very little if any sunshine until you see new
growth. Then it will love the sun.

Louise
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 3, 2012 4:11 AM CST
That's beautiful, Louise! Lovey dubby
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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Nov 3, 2012 8:11 AM CST
Thanks! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Nov 3, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Would you import that image to our database? Smiling
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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Nov 3, 2012 8:23 AM CST
I've never done that. Can you do that for me? Please do!

Louise
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 3, 2012 8:28 AM CST
click on the image and it will tell you what to do!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 3, 2012 8:50 AM CST
Since I moderate Euphorbias in the database, I went ahead and added the photo to the database for you, Louise, as per your request. It can be seen here:
Variegated Devil's Backbone (Euphorbia tithymaloides 'Variegatus')

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 3, 2012 8:51 AM CST
BTW ... thank you for contributing such a beautiful photo. Smiling
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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Nov 3, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Thanks, thanks, thanks!

Louise
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 3, 2012 9:57 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Before long, you will be a pro at adding photos to the db yourself! Thumbs up
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sheryl
Nov 4, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Really nice plant. I sent mine to ChefMike before I realized that I would be returning to the desert - duh!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 3, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Hi Louise,

Just some update on the red bird cactus you gave me..it has shed the old leaves, and it has now started forming its new ones at the tips Hurray! Hurray! !
I like them so much! Thanks again! I have them in two containers, this one has recovered faster, the other one is still shedding old leaves.


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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
Garden Ideas: Level 1
louise
Jan 4, 2013 5:52 PM CST
Thanks for the update Thumbs up . My plant served as my Christmas tree this
year with Christmas cards for the ornaments. It is now shedding
a few leaves each day and may be nude when the day for going
outside this spring gets here. I must repot it before then.

I've started some new pots of cuttings a month ago and used only
6 inch pieces. I think that size roots more quickly with just
2-3 joints below the soil and 2-3 joints above the soil. Mine is in
the kitchen window.

Louise
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 4, 2013 6:25 PM CST
My plant is by the kitchen window too, I just moved it for the photo heheh..while the other one is hanging around with my dormant adeniums upstairs...

It is nice to see the zig zag stems..seems just the right way to greet 2013 being the year of the Snake Big Grin

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