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african milk tree?

Posted by treadwella42 z6 Maine (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 15, 07 at 22:01

one of the branches on my non-cactus (what i like to call it) started breaking off, so i cut it off right at its base. i would like to make another african milk tree with this branch, but don't know what the next step is. do i let it scab over and then plant it? or...what? i've never tried to propagate such a beast before.

now i have to go wash all the toxic "milk" off my hands before i carelessly get it into my eyes or something similarly stupid.

please reply! help me make a baby milk tree... *grin*



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RE: african milk tree?

I assume you are talking about one of the many Euphorbia... The area need's to air dry. & apply 0.1% IBA (Rooting hormone) stick in well drained (damp)soil
The smaller the "cut/broken" area (cross section) the easer it is to root.

RE: african milk tree?

I have a huge african milk tree but need to trim it down. I'm paranoid about clipping it and wonder what area of the plant the clipping should be done. Any suggestions?

RE: african milk tree?

I have one of these that is at least 25 years old. It is so easy to root. Just break off one of smaller side branches that is 4 to 6 inches long, let the end dry a bit and stick it in a pot that has a coarse soil in it (Cactus mix works very well). Its Latin name is Euphorbia trigona. The trick with these is to water only when the pot is dry. They hate wet feet!
I have seen these cut back and to my mind, they look awful afterwards. I think you might be better off starting a new plant.

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