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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 13th Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    Euphorbia
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    Euphorbia 13th Mar 17 at 8:22 AM
    My euphorbia was looking very leggy so I cut it down. Result: no flowers last year. This year it's glorious.

    How do I treat it at the end of the flowering period? Am I right in thinking that that shoots flower only once? So I ought to cut it down again but that means no flowers next year?
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    • dogstarheaven
    • By dogstarheaven 13th Mar 17, 8:04 PM
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    It flowers on last year's growth, hence no flowers, so if it is leggy just wait till it has finished flowering, then only trim lightly. My e. amygaloides purpurea stays reasonably short in height after two years in the ground, so I haven't had to prune it at all.
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    • By DaftyDuck 13th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    Euphorbia covers a vast, vast number of plants, quite a few of which die back to nothing each year, and flower on new growth. Mrs Duck is quite the expert on these toxic, foetid and hideous plants...... (Possibly kindred attraction....). Any idea which it is?
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 13th Mar 17, 10:20 PM
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    Gosh, I thought I was doing well to get as far as some sort of euphorbia.

    The well established clump is just over a metre high, the first two foot of the stems are bare (I cut it right down so those stems were new last year). Two other clumps have appeared - they are much smaller - only about a foot high. I think they have self seeded but it is possible they have grown from a bit of root from the time when I was sorting out the bed.

    Toxic with acidic yellow green flowers. It may reflect my personality ... I call it architectural and I love it.
    • blueorchid
    • By blueorchid 19th Mar 17, 11:52 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 11:52 PM
    I recommend a visit to the National Euphorbia Collection is you're in the area ! http://www.euphorbias.co.uk/index.php
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 20th Mar 17, 9:42 AM
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    Sadly the chances of me visiting Sheffield are pretty well zilch.
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