How Do You Propagate Euphorbia Flanaganii?
You can propagate new Euphorbia Flanaganii plants from cuttings and seeds. If you’d like to grow a larger plant, we recommend that you create divisions or take a leaf cutting and place it in water for a few days.
The roots will develop and the area you started from will grow into a new plant. You can also use leaf cuttings from your Euphorbia Flanaganii plant to transplant into individual pots. Cut off a short piece of leaf and place it in water for three to four days.
There are two distinct techniques for propagating Euphorbia Flanaganii. This may be done with cuttings and seeds. Cut a leaf from the mother plant using a clean knife or pair of scissors for cultivating Medusa’s Head from cuttings. Allow it to callous for a few days prior to replanting.
Use a soil with good drainage for your new succulent plant. The following are the propagation processes;
Propagation from stem cutting
- Make sure that the cutting you take from the mother plant is between 10-15cm long.
- Make sure that the leaves are healthy, not spoilt and free of bacteria or fungi.
- Use a sharp clean knife or pair of scissors to make your cuttings.
- Put it in a glass of water with its base covered with paper towels or newspaper to absorb excess water and leave it until the end of 2–3 weeks when tiny roots begin to develop on the lower ends of your cutting.
- Plant the cutting in a good quality potting soil and cover it with plastic to retain humidity.
- Put your pots in a warm (21-28 °C) sunny position but avoid direct sunlight which can burn the leaves.
- Water it lightly, only when the soil is dry and don’t water again until the soil becomes almost completely dry once more, for a well-drained potting mix.
- In general, they will take at least four to six months to finish growing before you can transplant them into larger pots.
- Wait until the weather has warmed up before transplanting them outdoors. The plant will prefer temperatures between 10-25 °C and can tolerate light frosts.
Propagation from seeds
- Start with a clean container, like a pot or a jar, that has drainage holes in the bottom and fill it with a good quality seed compost ensuring it is lightly pressed down.
- Take a Euphorbia Flanaganii seed and put it in the container and cover with a paper towel or piece of newspaper to absorb excess water. Make sure that it’s not too wet or it will rot.
- Place the container in a warm (18-25 °C) position and place it where the light is bright but is not direct sunlight. You can use fluorescent fixtures, but ensure they are covered if they are potted plants as they can cause damage to the leaves.
- Keep the soil moist but not wet, until the seeds germinate. Depending on the flower seed, how long it will take to germinate should be around 3–6 weeks before you can take them out of the container and plant them in a good quality potting soil.
- Place your Euphorbia Flanaganii plant into a sunny position once it has been planted into a good quality potting soil and allow it to grow until it is fully grown (1-2 years).
- You can then repot your Euphorbia Flanaganii into a large container with good drainage.
How Often Should I Water My Euphorbia Flanaganii?
Most of the time, you can water your Euphorbia Flanaganii once a week during summer, but every second day if you are in a climate where it is too dry. Watering the plant often can cause problems for the plant and it will become dehydrated.
You should only water after 1/2 an hour. You should also never water your Euphorbia Flanaganii with any kind of chemical fertilizers or oils which can be harmful to your plant’s health and seriously damage its roots which will cause it to die.
Too much water can also cause fungal problems and can weaken the plant. You should only water your plant if there is no chance of rain for about 1–3 hours before you water it and always make sure that it has a good drainage system in order to prevent problems.
Should I Trim My Euphorbia Flanaganii?
You should trim your Euphorbia Flanaganii from time to time so that its roots do not become too long and can fall over. You can either use a pair of scissors to clip the plant or you can use a thin pruning shear.
Setting up your Euphorbia Flanaganii in a nice ornamental pot with an attractive size will also help it make the most of its beautiful flowers.
When trimming it, you want to be careful not to damage the stem. Remove only the dead and damaged parts of the stems because they can interfere with the plant’s growth.
If your plant has a beautiful bloom, trim it back in order to encourage more blooms to grow. Too much leaf loss can cause your flower skin to become yellow and start to decay which will make your plant look ugly. Trimming will make Euphorbia Flanaganii bloom and bushier.
What Kind Of Fertilizer Do I Use For My Euphorbia Flanaganii?
You should use a fertilizer with low nitrogen and high phosphorus. The type of fertilizer you should use should have a ratio of 10:10:10 NPK, with at least 10% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus and 10% potassium. You can dilute the fertilizer with water until the water runs clear.
If your plant is receiving a lot of sunshine you should use a fertilizer with a higher percentage of nitrogen as it will give it more energy to grow.
You can buy liquid fertilizers and go through them carefully as they are often made out of harsh chemical ingredients. Avoid over-feeding your plant with regular fertilizers and you should only use it when the plant flowers.
You can also feed your Euphorbia Flanaganii every three weeks with a good quality organic fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and other essential nutrients. You can dissolve the powdered fertilizer into water according to the instructions on the bag.
You should mix 10 ml of liquid or powdered fertilizer in a liter of water (10:10:10 NPK) and soak up all of it through the soil.
Is Euphorbia Flanaganii Poisonous?
Euphorbia Flanaganii is mildly poisonous, but it can cause skin irritation and burning sensations. You should take care when you are handling your Euphorbia Flanaganii because the sap that comes out of the plant when it is damaged can cause skin irritation and inflammation of the eyes and mouth.
If you have any open cuts or wounds, you should make sure that you wash your hands after touching this plant until all traces of sap are gone.
A highly unusual succulent with needle-like leaves and an above-ground, tuberous root system. The sap is moderately toxic and causes skin and eye irritation upon contact. Euphorbia Flanaganii contains calcium oxalate, which is a common irritant.
Euphorbia Flanaganii is also non-toxic to animals and will not cause any problems to them. White sap from the plant can irritate skin and eyes, as well as lead to nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal problems if ingested in large quantities.
Why Is My Euphorbia Flanaganii Yellow?
You should not use yellow-colored liquid fertilizer as it can cause a yellowing of your Euphorbia Flanaganii.
You can try to use a different brand, but if the yellow blocks still persist or you see that the yellow sap has become swollen, then it is best to remove your plant from its pot, taking note of its root system and positioning in order to prevent the symptoms from coming back.
There are several causes for this, including overwatering, underwatering, long-term exposure to extreme cold, full light and excessive heat, poor potting soil, and over fertilization. The yellowing of Euphorbia Flanaganii can occur for a multitude of causes.
Too much water, too little water, winter, exposure to full sun/extreme heat, and the use of a dense succulent potting mix can all cause the leaves or even the entire branches of succulents to turn yellow.
The following are the causes of Euphorbia Flanaganii leaves to turn yellow;
Lack of light: The yellowing of the leaves can be due to a lack of light. The leaves will turn yellow if the plant does not receive enough light.
It is essential for succulent plants to receive adequate sunlight for healthy growth and photosynthesis, which is the process where plants convert sunlight into energy. Professional growers suggest that succulents should receive 4–6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Inadequate nutrients: According to a study, the yellowing of the leaves of Euphorbia Flanaganii can be due to inadequate nutrients.
The study suggests that many growers keep their succulents in an environment that lacks adequate nitrogen and other essential minerals. Succulents require nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (NPK) for healthy growth.
The yellowing leaves could also mean that your plant is getting too much nitrogen or not enough phosphorous and potassium.
Overwatering: Make sure that your Euphorbia Flanaganii is not growing in too much water. Many growers make the mistake of over-watering their plants, which can lead to root rot, stem decay and soil borne disease. Overwatering can also cause the roots to spread into neighboring soil, resulting in yellowing leaves or even death.
To prevent overwatering, try to water your plant when the topsoil feels dry to the touch. Water until excess moisture runs out of the drainage hole of your pot.
Over-fertilizing: Over-fertilizing your succulent plants can cause the leaves to turn yellow. Professional growers suggest that you use slow-release fertilizer in order to feed your plants. If you are using a liquid fertilizer, then limit the number of applications and do not have it applied throughout the summer months.
Poor air circulation: Many growers that grow succulents in a pot, place the pot in an area without adequate air circulation. When this happens, the roots can become over-watered and cause root rot. This can also lead to yellowing of the leaves.
To prevent yellowing and to prevent root rot, you should try to avoid placing a plant in an environment that lacks adequate air circulation.
Make sure that you place your pots on a tray or table if they are in open soil and make sure that there is enough airflow around them.
Low humidity: Low humidity can also cause the leaves of Euphorbia Flanaganii to turn yellow. Many growers make the mistake of leaving the pot with a window open in an environment where low humidity is present.
To prevent this, change your air-conditioner’s settings during the winter months and use only dehumidifiers that have a high capacity and sufficient height (ideally no more than 0.5 metres).
Cold temperature: Exposing your succulent plants to cold temperatures can cause the leaves to turn yellow. Many growers keep their succulents outdoors without taking measures to protect them from cold weather.
If left outside for an extended period, the leaves of Euphorbia Flanaganii are likely to turn yellow due to the cold temperatures.
If you live in a region where winters are quite harsh, then make sure that you bring your plant indoors during periods of extreme cold.