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Euphorbia
Euphorbia  
Hi, really hope you can help! I have had my Euphoria for about 8 years & its always been fine but lately the color has gone from dark green to pail green & the edges of the stems have gone brown & slightly soft (Hope you can see in the pic) I have always watered it sparingly & not very often, I have never re-poted it though & direct sun light is very minimal..
Any suggestions would be gratefully received!?
Thanks

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Hi there

Your plant is suffering from neglect as you have stated above.

Euphorbia are very tough plants but still need care and if they get the care they need, they will grow into healthy plants. You have been lead into the trap of thinking that because it is a succulent, it stores all the water it needs so it does not need watering like other plants.

They DO need watering every other week in summer but DO NOT need watering through winter unless in central heating when it needs watering every month or so.

The other thing that is causing your plant to fall ill is that it NEEDS full sunlight and even more so in winter when the light levels are low. In the wild, they are in poor soil, blazing heat and have full sun all day everyday.

The next thing is that your plant needs repotting and this is best done in spring or early summer. These plants need alot of room and they need large pots with poor soil that is made up of charcoal, sand, compost and a bit of rubble. Pot it into a pot that is 1 or 2 sizes larger than the one it is in now. DO NOT water it for a few days to let any broken roots dry up. Give it a good watering and make sure it drains freely and do this about 5-7 days after potting.

To sum up:  Water every other week in summer and sparingly if ever in winter.

         Give it full sunlight all year and even stand it outdoors through summer but bring back in before frost.

         Repot in spring and DO NOT water until a few days have passed.

Hope this helps.

Thank you and I hope it will be in tip-top condition in no time.

Jonathan.

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I cannot answer questions about pruning and minimum winter temperatures of most species. I cannot answer questions about propagation from seed.

Experience

I have been growing cacti for a couple of years and have acquired about 35 cacti and about 15 different succulents. I have propagated some of them successfully and grown them into plants. I know how to re-pot and plant them and what time of year. I know mostly about desert cacti and only a bit about the jungle cacti. The jungle cactus that I know most about is the Schlumbergera. I know a lot about Aloe Aristata and this species is the first type that introduced to this category. I know about the propagation of most species and how to care for them. I can answer questions about watering, feeding and how to keep them healthy. I also know how to induce flowering in most cacti and succulents. I do a lot of reading and have got quite a few books and I have the internet to read up on different species. I know a bit about the classification about the different genus' and families.

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Trade Base Community Allotment Society.

Education/Credentials
I have an NVQ Level 1 in horticulture.

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