Milk Milkweed Growing at Home

Milio euphorbia at flower growers is better known as Mila euphorbia. This is one of the many species of euphorbia that many have liked for its attractive appearance, despite the fact that signs do not advise to keep prickly flowers at home.

  1. About the milk of milk
  2. Morphological description
  3. Trunk <
  4. Foliage <
  5. Inflorescence
  6. Features of flowering
  7. Initial planting
  8. Creating comfortable conditions
  9. Humidification
  10. Light and temperature
  11. Seedling and pruning
  12. Planting with cuttings
  13. Seed propagation
  14. Pruning <

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Milk Euphorbia

About the beautiful milkweed

This Succulents are still often called beautiful and brilliant, but lovers of indoor succulents often call it the crown of thorns. Some associate the last name with the abundance of thorns on its stems.

In fact, Mila owes her name to the former governor of the island French region of Reunion. It was he who introduced the French to one of the most beautiful varieties of milkweed in 1821.

The large-flowered euphorbia, Mila, is endemic to Madagascar.

In the natural environment of its growth in the highlands of Africa and in the highlands of the island of Madagascar, Euphorbia Mila forms impenetrable euphorbiae thickets, therefore it often sits in tropical regions as a natural hedge. Today it is often grown as a decorative garden culture and, thanks to its ability to grow to large sizes, it is used for landscape design. Recently, Euphorbia Miliusa has become a frequent roomman in city apartments, having mastered window sills and reduced its size, but without losing attractiveness.

Morphological description

Description Euphorbia Milius relates succulent to branched shrubs reaching a height of up to 1.8 m.


The stem of the plant reaches a diameter of 20 cm. Its color is gray, looks like it is covered with a light plaque, slightly ribbed. On the trunk of Milkweed Milkweed there are many hard spikes of sufficient length. The upper part of the stem of the plant turns into foliage.


The leaf blades of the Milkweed milkweed are ellipsoid in shape, bright green in color, up to 3.5 centimeters in length and width up to 1.5 centimeters. Each has 2 stipules. As it grows, the growing leaves of milkweed fall off, leaving spines formed by stipules.


Petals of the inflorescence of the plant are round in shape, up to 1.2 centimeters wide.The inflorescence itself consists of flowers, which are from two to four and each group has bracts. The bracts have a different color. Milk euphorbia can bloom in scarlet, orange or yellow flowers.

Milk juice is present in the stem and foliage of brilliant milkweed, which is a white liquid with a thick consistency. This juice contains poison, therefore, if handled improperly, it can cause damage to the skin, causing irritation and burns of the skin.

Features of flowering

All the external beauty of Milkweed is concentrated in its bloom. This species of succulent plant blooms throughout the calendar year. In this case, the flowers are quite plain-looking yellow flowers with a tiny size. The true beauty and external appeal of Milkweed Milk is given by multi-colored bracts of leaf. Here they can be bright orange, red and no less bright than the flowers themselves, yellow.

Due to the environment of the flower with such bold leaf plates, the inflorescence outwardly looks quite large.

One Milkweed euphorbia plant can be dotted with many flowers that are scattered across all branches emanating from the stem, which makes the succulent look quite voluminous.

When growing and caring for Milkweed at home, temperature is of great importance. mode that affects the process with flowering plants.So, it is possible to provoke Milk Euphorbia to lush bloom if you lower the temperature to 15 ° C and provide the room flower with extra bright light.

Milk Euphorbia may not produce flowers if it gives many shoots and is actively budding. In this case, the plant does not have enough strength to grow flowers, they all go to the growth and development of branches and buds.

Initial planting

Milkweed acquired in a flower shop should be transplanted into suitable soil. However, do not rush with its transplant. To adapt a houseplant to the new growing conditions, it is not recommended to transplant succulents earlier than after 10 days after purchase. It should be placed in a well-lit place, but without direct sunlight.

As the soil for the initial home planting of Milkweed Milk, a mixture comprising:

  • coarse sand,
  • charcoal,
  • leaf humus.

All components are mixed in equal proportions.

At the bottom of the flower pot where it will be the euphorbia is transplanted, the drainage layer is laid out. The plant installed in the container is sprinkled on all sides with a soil mixture. Given that Milius is not growing very intensively, it is recommended to transplant it no earlier than 2 years later, returning to this process with the same interval afterwards.Only when the root system of the plant begins to overfill the pot can the transplant be scheduled before the two-year interval.

Creating comfortable conditions

Indoor euphorbia Milius flower growers are classified as unpretentious succulents – long-livers.If only a number of basic conditions are met, home care of the ornamental plant will ensure euphorbia blooms year-round.


Milie’s milkweed has several specific features:

  • in winter, the succulent does not need frequent watering, it will be quite 2-3 times during the whole winter,
  • during the period of active growth, starting from spring and ending in autumn, the ground should be constantly moist,
  • it is necessary to water it with water of warm temperature, not lower than room temperature.

When the milkweed dries, Mil is not a trace he immediately destroys it as perished. Intensive watering helps to restore the home flower in a short time, during which Milya decays and begins to develop further.

Succulent Milya loves water procedures in the form of a warm shower and spraying and does not like dirt on her leaves at all.

Light and temperature

The indicator at 18 ° C will become the most optimal temperature regime. When caring for Milkweed Milkweed, remember that lowering the degree scale below 10 ° C will be detrimental to the flower.

Light for Milkweed Milk is important, because the south side of the room will be the best place to place the flower pot. When the warm season begins, many flower growers take out their indoor flower to fresh air or transplanted into the open ground for the summer period.

Seedlings and pruning

At home, hybrid euphorbia can be propagated by cuttings. Milkweed is extremely rarely grown by seeds. You can do this right away when spring arrives.

Planting with cuttings

This is the most favorable way to propagate the Mila variety. This is done by cutting the upper part of the cuttings and placing it in the soil, made by mixing sand and peat components. Before planting a cut stalk, it is dipped for a while in water so that milky juice flows out of the slice. For planted cuttings create a greenhouse by covering the top with a film. It’s better to root the cuttings by placing the sapling in a warm place: on the stove or on the battery.

Seed propagation

Despite the good germination of Milk’s milkweed seeds, this method of propagation is rarely used, as it often leads to the loss of varietal qualities of the plant. Another obstacle for seed propagation is their difficult collection.

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Pruning is done to form the crown of the flower. Trim it is necessary in the horizontal direction, pinching the tops, then all the side kidneys. When the plant grows to the desired height, the entire crown of the head is regularly cut.

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