Euphorbia milii from seeds

eliana_sAugust 3, 2013

Hi. I have a euphorbia milii plant and this year I have decided to collect some seeds and plant them. What I did was to collect the flowers that had seed pouches, put them in a box and after a day or two the pouches exploded and gave me the seed. I have plant 4-5 seeds, it's been 10 days and I have no results. Can anyone help me wth this. Has anyone manage to grow euphorbia milii from seeds?

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teisa(6)

Hi! I grow COT also. I would loved to know how you got seeds! I've never really heard of anyone growing them from seed, sorry! Can you explain how you hand pollinated them??

TIA

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 7:03AM
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eliana_s

Hi Tia. I am afraid I can't really help you with that since insects and bees must have done the pollination for me, so I found the seed pots ready. I haven't taken pictures but in this webpage it shows how they looked.

http://www.tropicanursery.com/euphorbia/seeds.htm

From what I read here though, (http://home-gardening-easy.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-hand-pollinate-euphorbia-milii.html) it's not too difficult to hand pollinate them. The problem for me is that nothing grows from the seed I got :)

eliana

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 9:49AM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

While i'm not absolutely certain, but you must have two different plants to produce potential viable seeds. Just because the ovary swells and "looks" like it has seed, they may be sterile seed. Next, you have to let the pods open (explode) while still on the plant to make sure they have matured. then plant ASAP as Euphorbia seed have a short shelf life. Then warmth is important.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 1:06PM
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eliana_s

Hi bikerdoc5968.
I have read somewhere that euphorbias' flowers are female at the beginning and turn to male later on. I am no expert so I don't really know if this is true. I hope it is though, because I only have one plant and I have really put my mind in succeeding to germinate its seeds. Today I have manage to collect a seed that came from a flower that is still attached to the plant. Does it look ok to you?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 9:17AM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

In the plant world flowers can be complete or monecious or incomplete or dioecious. A complete flower has both male and female reproductive structures on the same flower, while incomplete flowers have separate reproductive parts. A complete flower may be self pollinating or require pollen from another plant to produce fertile seed. The seed pictured may be viable. Plant it and see what happens. Because the seeds are small, don't plant it too deep; about the twice the diameter of the seed. Remember, wait to collect seed only from pods that have opened. For Euphorbia, I cover them with gauze or some kind of netting to capture them.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 9:42AM
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eliana_s

@bikerdoc5968

Thanks for the information and the advice. I have planted the seed. Fingers crossed!!!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

I have never tried to pollinate or collect the seed from my E. milli. It grows in my side garden area - in spite of hubby whacking it down to the ground and trying to get all the roots. It's a survivor!

Today I was pulling weeds in the area and got poked by a couple of them. They were E. milli seedlings. I don't know if the ants, honey bees, leaf cutter bees, green orchard (?) bees or wasps did the pollination, but I was surprised. They are about a foot to 18 inches from the mature plant.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 2:33PM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

I found your thread when trying to look up seed pods on these plants. Eliana - have you had any progress with yours?

I've still never seen the seeds, but I did try to see if there are any seed pods on the plant. I think I have a picture that isn't too blurry.

This milli has the very small flowers. It's not special. Everyone in the neighborhood has them, so I really don't know if they were cross-pollinated with another plant.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 2:40PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

I would venture to say these are open pollinated by insects. So you may have flowers of various colors.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:19PM
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Crenda SWFL 10A

It will be interesting! I'm going to let these little guys grow bigger before I try to move or pot them.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:07PM
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eliana_s

Hi Crenda. Your seedlings look really cute :) Unfortunately I didn't have any luck with my seeds. I am gonna try again this summer though. This time I have 5 different plants so I hope things are going to be better. The seed pods are in the middle of the flowers. They get bigger day by day until they burst out. I've noticed them on my plant last August and then the plant stopped producing them. I hope it will start again producing them again this summer.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 5:37PM
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eliana_s

After a lot of unsuccessful efforts I finally got a seed sprouted! :))

    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 4:34AM
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eliana_s

Hi. I now have 7 seedlings of this plant. Has anyone try to reproduce this from seeds? Can I have some advice on the subject?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 4:53AM
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eliana_s

I have some updates on my seedlings. They are now 3 months old, I have lost one of them and I know have five. Some are more robust than the others. I hope they will survive the winter that is coming. Of course the weather now is still quite hot, so at the moment they are staying outside. When it gets colder I will move them inside.

This post was edited by eliana_s on Wed, Oct 1, 14 at 4:45

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 4:15PM
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eliana_s

Theese 2 don't show much of a progress

    Bookmark   October 1, 2014 at 4:58AM
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eliana_s

This is the strongest one

This post was edited by eliana_s on Wed, Oct 1, 14 at 5:00

    Bookmark   October 1, 2014 at 4:59AM
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