Additional Plant Care
The African Milk Tree, which is also called Euphorbia trigona, can be spread by cuttings from its stems. First, pick a healthy stem that is at least 6 inches long and has several leaves. Use a clean, sharp knife to make a 45-degree cut in the stem. Let the cut dry for a few days, until a callus forms on the end where it was cut. Then, get a pot with soil that drains well, plant the cutting about an inch deep, and make sure the soil around it is firm. Water the plant only a little and put the pot in a warm, bright spot where it won't get direct sunlight. It may take a few weeks for roots to grow, but once they do, the plant will start to grow new leaves and can be treated like a full-grown African Milk Tree.
The African Milk Tree, or Euphorbia trigona, is a succulent plant that is poisonous to both people and animals. The plant makes a white sap called latex, which is a poisonous substance. When the sap touches the skin, it can cause a rash or irritation. If you eat the sap, you might feel sick, throw up, have diarrhea, and have pain in your stomach. In very bad cases, it can cause dehydration, an imbalance of electrolytes, and even death. The sap of the plant is mostly dangerous because it has diterpenes and ingenol esters. Keep the plant away from children and pets, and wear gloves when handling it to avoid getting the sap on your skin.
Planting African milk trees in new pots is an important part of taking care of them. The first step is to choose a new pot that is one size bigger than the current one. The new pot should have holes in the bottom so that it doesn't get too full of water. Mix together potting soil, perlite, and sand to make a well-draining mixture for the soil. Take the plant out of the old pot and spread out any tangled roots. Put the plant in the new pot and add soil around the roots, gently pressing it down. Give the plant a lot of water and then let the extra water drain away. To keep the plant from getting too stressed, you should keep it out of direct sunlight for a few days after repotting it. It's best to wait a few weeks before fertilizing the plant after repotting it so it can get used to its new home.
African milk tree, or Euphorbia trigona, is a succulent plant with many branches that grows straight up. The best time to prune an African milk tree is in the spring or summer, when it is actively growing. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to make the cut, and wear gloves to keep the sap, which can be irritating to the skin, from getting on your hands. To prune, start by looking for any broken or dead branches and cutting them back to the plant's base. Next, cut off any branches that are growing in the wrong direction or are crossing over each other. You can also cut off the ends of the branches to make them grow more bushy. Make sure that you don't cut off more than one-third of the plant's leaves in one session. After you prune the plant, give it a little water and keep it in bright, indirect light to help it grow new leaves.
During the growing season, African Milk Tree plants (Euphorbia trigona) do best when they are fertilized often (spring and summer). To keep the roots of the plant from getting burned, it's important to water down the fertilizer to half strength or less. You can use a balanced fertilizer that is water-soluble and has an N-P-K ratio of 20-20-20 or 10-10-10. During the growing season, you should feed your plants once a month. During the dormant period (fall and winter), it's important not to fertilize because it can cause salt to build up in the soil and hurt the roots of the plant. Always follow the directions given by the manufacturer of the fertilizer being used.
The African Milk Tree, or Euphorbia trigona, is a succulent that grows best in sandy soil that drains well. The best soil mix for an African Milk Tree is a 2:1:1 mix of cactus or succulent potting mix, perlite, and coarse sand. This mixture of soil will allow for good drainage, so water won't pool around the roots and cause them to rot. African Milk Tree doesn't like getting too much water, so it's important to make sure the soil is completely dry between waterings. Adding a layer of small rocks or gravel to the bottom of the pot can also help it drain.