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May 17, 2020 6:19 PM CST

I saw little red buds today in my cactus and I'm excited and wondering if this means it's going to flower! If so, I'm wondering if there's anything I should do or if I should just keep on with my care. I just repotted it a week ago so it has fresh soil.


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May 17, 2020 10:46 PM CST
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your "cactus" is a Euphorbia and yes it is blooming. What you see is as impressive as the flowers get. Hurray! Rolling on the floor laughing So, yes, keep doing what you're doing and since you just repotted it be extra careful with the watering. Thumbs up
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May 18, 2020 9:33 AM CST

CalPolygardener said:your "cactus" is a Euphorbia and yes it is blooming. What you see is as impressive as the flowers get. Hurray! Rolling on the floor laughing So, yes, keep doing what you're doing and since you just repotted it be extra careful with the watering. Thumbs up


Hahaha so they don't get any bigger? Thanks for the response!
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May 18, 2020 10:41 AM CST
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That is lovely! It is indeed going to make its tiny flowers. Looks like you got Euphorbia anoplia. With Euphorbias, either you get a male or female one.

Here are old 2016 file photos of my Euphorbia anoplia when it was in flowering mode:

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May 18, 2020 10:57 AM CST

tarev said:That is lovely! It is indeed going to make its tiny flowers. Looks like you got Euphorbia anoplia. With Euphorbias, either you get a male or female one.

Here are old 2016 file photos of my Euphorbia anoplia when it was in flowering mode:

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Weee!! Thanks for sharing! It was struggling majorly for a while so I'm happy to see that it's bouncing back Smiling
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May 18, 2020 11:05 AM CST
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Keep us posted how it goes! It would like a bit more light and warmth to continue encouraging those blooms.
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May 18, 2020 11:10 AM CST
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To go along with Tarev's photo of a male plant, here's a female:



Now you can sex your Euphorbia when the blooms open! Smiling

It needs more light than it is currently receiving. Look at the width of the stem near the base compared to higher up. The lower width is normal, the upper width is etiolated (stretching). Stronger light will also give you more flowers. Ideally the plant should be right in front of the window and "see" the sun for hours a day year round.

Be very careful not to overwater after repotting... just make sure the soil is dry at depth before you water again and you should be good to go.
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May 18, 2020 11:55 AM CST

Baja_Costero said:To go along with Tarev's photo of a male plant, here's a female:



Now you can sex your Euphorbia when the blooms open! Smiling

It needs more light than it is currently receiving. Look at the width of the stem near the base compared to higher up. The lower width is normal, the upper width is etiolated (stretching). Stronger light will also give you more flowers. Ideally the plant should be right in front of the window and "see" the sun for hours a day year round.

Be very careful not to overwater after repotting... just make sure the soil is dry at depth before you water again and you should be good to go.


Ahh gotcha. I moved it over so it's in the middle. I always liked how goofy it looked all stretched out and twisty - never knew it meant it was hungry for light! Thank you for the tip Smiling
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