I rather like these Euphorbias; we have several of them growing around the place. They're evergreen, 'sculptural', and have these quite pleasant green flowers.
I thought they'd look good in tall modern pots, so I've dug up a couple of self-seeded escapees, hoping that they'll 'take'.
Do you think they'd grow in big pots? Would they need special soil? Any advice?
No use asking me, I'm a member of the 'suck it and see' clan. I do like the look of them though, are they quite hardy and drought resistant?ReplyDelete
They seem to survive without any attention from me..... probably a good thing, as my knowledge of flowers is nil.Delete
I suggest a medium size tub of sand and gravel from the driveway and they will thrive. Don't bother to water.ReplyDelete
Is that what you North Folk do?Delete
No, I do nothing, I just pay servants. As for Europhobia or whatever it grows in deserts and is often mistaken for cacti. I would have thought that sand is its natural habitat.Delete
Europhobia starts sometimes in the desert and grows, Rachel is right.Delete
Europhobia is also rampant in the UK.Delete
I think they will survive in the pots.ReplyDelete
I have my fingers crossed.Delete
Well I don't know about where you live Cro, but here they self-seed and grow almost like weeds. I love anything that self-seeds (saves me a lot of work) - lenten roses have seeded all over the front garden and are out now. I would guess they would thrive in pots providing the soil is like that where their mums and dads live - i.e. that spot up against your house wall.ReplyDelete
I have several quite big ones; none of which was planted. I imagine them in a tall modern (maybe stainless steel) pots, where they might look a little like Palms. I'll give it a go anyway; just with ordinary garden soil.Delete
They will grow anywhere you don't want them to. They will grow quite well in pots as they don't need any attention and very little water. take care with the "milk" some people can get a skin reaction to it.ReplyDelete
That said I love euphorbias.
Coming from a person who loves her garden, but without any training, I would suggest you use the same conditions as they are in, ie, soil, futile or poor, and give it a go. I am always trying to get new plants some work, others, well I tried.ReplyDelete
I cant spell themReplyDelete
But i do love them
They look very striking in pots. I have one called 'green goblin' and it is just beautiful. They thrive on neglect.ReplyDelete
You give me hope!Delete
What, you can't eat it?ReplyDelete
I haven't tried.Delete
There are over 2000 species of Euphorbias in the world. They range from annual weeds to trees. The sap of all of them is toxic and can cause tumours.ReplyDelete
I have suffered. Not Tumours, but blistering.Delete
Who needs the internet when we've got Heron?Delete
I have a trick that works really well for all my potted plants. I bought a pack of diapers. I take out the stuffing, put it in a bowl and wet it. Then I shove it into the soil and add more soil. All those little crystals that trap urine work equally well for holding water and keeping the plant moist between rain and watering. Using potted plants dry out too quickly outside which is why I think most fail. They even sell those "magic" little crystals at nurseries. A friend taught me this and we both have thriving pots at locations we are not at full time.ReplyDelete
Good tip, thanks. No babies here at present; I'll have to wait until June. I wonder if this would work for my Tomatoes?Delete
Euphorbias are a favourite of mine because they don't need much (if any) looking after. They thrive on neglect as my old ma used to say. (And on reading the comments I see that Ninaschen also says this!)ReplyDelete
I like Raz's trick, I must try it.
Plants that take little water and less care and will grow anywhere should have no trouble in pots. I love potted plants as they can be moved around if they outgrow the areas they are in. I enjoy changing my gardens around as the growing season progresses.ReplyDelete