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As a comment about African Milk Bush (Euphorbia bicompacta var. rubra), plantladylin wrote:

I'm not much into cacti and succulents and don't know much about this plant. I purchased mine in 2009 because I loved the look of the foliage! It suffered a bit from our last two extremely cold winters but is still hanging around! I took cuttings this past spring and they rooted quickly so I had a plant to share with my niece.
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Oct 22, 2012 4:25 PM CST
I have this plant outside in an area that used to get full sun part of the day, now it is mostly in shade. The plant has grown for the sun and is now really leggy and I would like to prune it and get it more bushy. I can trim the plants around it to give it more sun but, first I'd like to know if it will grow new branches where it is cut? I'd ask in a forum but I'm not sure which forum to use?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 23, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Hi Jonna, They do get leggy when they don't get enough sun but will get a bit bushier when cut back. After pruning, new branches will sprout just below the cut ends. The cuttings root easily and can be placed with the mother plant to make it fuller also. When I prune my little plant I let the cuttings lay out for a couple of days so that the cut ends dry and callous over a bit before planting them up. My African Milk Bush looks a bit pitiful right now from lack of care. I rooted a lot of cuttings last year all in the same little pot and it made a nice gift plant for a non-gardening friend who wanted to try her hand at succulents.

This first picture shows the new branch that sprouted below the cut, the second is a little plant in the same pot from a cutting that I just stuck back in the same pot with the mother plant.
Thumb of 2012-10-23/plantladylin/a857ea Thumb of 2012-10-23/plantladylin/e10dc6
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Oct 23, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Thank you Lin, that's exactly what I needed to know. I am going to move mine into a sunnier location and prune it and root the cuttings next to it at the same time. I keep having to move things as plants get larger and block sun to others. I've got a spot for this one that will have full sun at least in the mornings all year and should make it happier. Many thanks,
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Oct 23, 2012 7:55 PM CST
You are very welcome!
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