Tag: euphorbia

Checking the roots

I came in contact with the lady I traded Hoya cuttings with last summer and she told me, she lost 25 plants to soil mealy bugs in winter. I ended up giving her cuttings from the plants she gave me (+ more to kickstart her collection again) and she gave me more Hoyas I didn’t already have. She did give me something to think about as well. Maybe there was a reason why some of my plants grow so slowly.. so I unpotted all of the succulents that grew too slowly (in my opinion) and has been in contact with the cuttings she gave me. Time for a root check!
I didn’t find any bugs, aside from the occasional pot with springtails, but my Euphorbia obesa has something odd going on. There are no feeder roots! That’s probably why it hasn’t grown that much since last winter. It looks like a lot of the feeder roots on my Pseudolithos have died off, too. I still have some rooting hormone gel lying around from last time I propagated my Hoyas, so I’m going to use that to try and provoke new root growth. I mean, it can’t hurt that much, can it?

I included a bonus pic of my date palm. It’s growing slowly, but there’s nothing wrong with it. It just really looks like a leek now.

Euphorbia obesa, 2 years + 9 months

The bad news: So I lost one of the smaller obesa seedling a couple of weeks ago.

The good news: The remaining seedlings now have enough room to stay in their current pot until summer.

I love watching these up close. The little buds on top of some of the seedlings haven’t really grown at all. Hopefully I’ll see them bloom this summer!