Euphorbia lustrous (Euphorbia Mila) is a plant that is the most attractive and charming of its family. The natural habitat of this plant is the island of Madagascar with its arid regions, as well as Mexico.
In European countries and Russia Mil spurge is grown only in closed soil. These can be various gardens, greenhouses, general premises (offices, lobbies), as well as window sills in apartments and private houses.
- Description Milkweed Mil
- Plant care rules
- Pests and diseases
Description Milkweed Mil
In the spring and autumn period, the shoots of Milkweed Mille begin to be covered with small flowers. The flower itself is not a decoration of the plant, but its bracts are the part that will cause aesthetic pleasure for everyone. The color scheme can be very diverse: from white to bright pink shades. The size and color saturation fully depend on the conditions in which the plant developed.
It is only necessary to observe good lighting for the plant, with the rest of the conditions, sometimes even not entirely favorable, Euphorbia can put up with it. The light should be as bright as possible, so it's best to even find a place for the flower to develop in direct sunlight.
In the event that there is enough light for Milkweed Mil, the bush will really be lush, and the flowers will be bright and large. If the plant grows in the shade, then over time it begins to stretch, the stems become thin, the number of leaves gradually decreases, and the flowers do not bring any beauty at all.
Plant care rules
Watering Euphorbia Mil is necessary abundantly, but rarely. The main thing is that the soil has time to dry out completely. In winter, the plant is dormant, so watering should be significantly reduced, especially if a heating device is located next to the flower. But do not allow the soil to dry out.
This factor has a negative effect on the flower, it begins to shed yellowed leaves, which cannot but affect its aesthetic characteristics. But as soon as all the necessary conditions are restored. Euphorbia is restored in a short time.
Mille spurge perishes from dry soil in very rare cases, for example, if you do not water it at all for several weeks. This plant is adapted to development in conditions with a lack of moisture. Much worse and more dangerous for a plant is excess moisture in the soil, this can lead to that. That the process of decay of the root system of the flower will begin.
When watering, you should be careful and avoid getting drops of moisture on the leaves, in particular on the stem base, as this can lead to active reproduction of fungi. Therefore, if in the summer time, a flower grows in your open air, it must be protected from precipitation. It is best to place the flower pot on a covered terrace or veranda.
Euphorbia Mila does not require moist air around it. This plant, as practice shows. It grows well and feels good in the most ordinary apartments, even in winter, when the air is very dry.
For the reproduction of Milkweed Mil, it is necessary to use mainly the vegetative method. For reproduction, it will be necessary to prepare stem cuttings in the spring or summer, which are cut from the main bush. Milky sap is thoroughly washed off with water from the cut, then it must be dried and planted in the ground from a mixture of sand and peat.
Roots will appear on average 2 months after planting. In some cases, cuttings can give off shoots and even if they are simply placed in water. This method does not always work, and sometimes the cuttings simply rot.
Pests and diseases
Despite the fact that the Euphorbia Mila is a rather unpretentious plant, it has a number of pests that negatively affect its condition and development. Among the parasites, the following should be noted:
- spider mite
You can get rid of such pests both with the help of special preparations and using the manual method. To drugs for treating plants from parasites, it is necessary to include "Decis", "Fitoverm", "Derris", as well as all products that contain a substance such as parmethrin.
If the parasites have managed to infect the leaves, then they must be removed so that the infection does not spread further. If, despite the observance of all favorable conditions for the growth and development of the plant, the Euphorbia turns yellow, the leaves fall off, then, most likely, the plant is affected by the mealybug, which has settled in the root system. This is a fungus that leaves traces on the roots of white, like small handfuls of flour.
In this case, a complete disinfection of the pot is carried out, the soil is changed to another.
The roots affected by the fungus should be washed with an insecticide solution. If it is not possible to completely replace the land, then you can simply boil it, and then add mineral-type fertilizers to it.
Often times, problems can be attributed simply to improper care. Therefore, first of all, it is necessary to revise all the conditions in which this plant is contained. In the winter period of time, since the plant is at rest, it may slightly change its appearance, and in a negative direction, but do not be afraid of this. In spring, the Millet spurge will bloom and become a wonderful decoration for your home.
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