Houseplants forum: Euphorbia.. growth weird??

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Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Mar 30, 2015 8:26 PM CST
I was wondering if this was normal growth or if it was lacking light.. water or something. Its growing.. but skinny tips instead of thick like the rest of the body.
and when do you repot this kind of plant? Lots and lots of babies. But I read its poisionous, the sap So wear gloves I can toss? Or do they just fall apart like my snake plant or do you physically (cut or whatever)have to seperate them?
Ive never had one of these and just inherited it from a lady moving out of state. Lucky me!! Its beautiful!
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Plantomaniac08
Mar 31, 2015 9:27 AM CST
It is indeed etoliated (stretching due to inadequate light). I'm not sure about how to go about separating these (as in do you have to cut them apart or what have you), but the sap is poisionous and can cause skin and eye irritation. So yes, wear gloves you can dispose of and make sure not to touch your skin or eyes.

Planto
Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Mar 31, 2015 10:25 PM CST
Thanks Planto!

I moved it closer to the sunniest side of the window. Do you think it will fill out or just grow weird at those places from now on?
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Plantomaniac08
Apr 1, 2015 9:52 AM CST
Unfortunately the damage is done so to speak in the sense that those thin growths won't fill out (fatten up). Do you know what direction your window faces (North, East, etc.)?

@tarev,
Do you have any advice regarding this plant? I know you are familiar with Euphorbia care. Smiling

Planto
Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 1, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Hi Alli and Elaine Smiling

I do not have that particular variety of Euphorbia. And what a lovely Euphorbia that is! Lovey dubby But for the couple of Euphorbias that I have, at times, it is just a signal the plant is out of its cold season dormancy and is back to its active growing phase as temps go warmer, so I would put that plant gradually outdoors if you can, or if it gets too rainy, in a protected area with part sun/part shade. Euphorbias love warm temps and lots of light, even better if it gets direct sun. I usually water more, especially if temps are consistently hovering at 80F and higher. It loves to drink a little more compared to cacti. That may help the pointy upper part to plump up faster, but do wait for temps to be warm, and allow intervals in watering.

As already suggested, wear gloves, you can just easily pull them apart or use a sharp knife to cut through a bunch, set aside and let dry bit so cut areas gets callused before sticking back to soil if you wish to repot some of them. Depending on your temps, I would do that repot in late Spring to early Summer.
Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Apr 4, 2015 1:47 PM CST
Thank you tarev and planto
Im pretty sure my window is SE. All my windows are on the same side. No balcony but I get pretty bright then really kinda direct sun in the afternoons. I moved it closer to the window and will water alittle more. It is inside and my apartments pretty cool 73 or so year round. But that window heats up in the afternoon and I keep the bottom of the window free of the blinds so it will get clear sun even when the blinds are closed. I think I will wait a while to seperate any.. when is the best time to do that ..and i have good gloves to do it.

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Plantomaniac08
Apr 4, 2015 1:56 PM CST
I think an outright South window would be best, but I understand not having much to work with. I have a Southeast window too. It acts more like an East window most of the year and South during the hottest months of the year (but mine is more East than South when I've looked at the Compass; still Southeast though). I've tried growing succulents and cacti in my windowsill (that's as close as you get!) and still saw signs of of etiolation. Sighing!

Keep us updated. That is a pretty big (and pretty) specimen you have there. Lovey dubby

Planto

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