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Cleaning up a Euphorbia ...

hywel

By hywel

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I have a succulent Euphorbia milii, which has green leaves and pretty red flowers.
I don’t water it in the winter so the leaves that were on it from last year have now dried up and it only has a few green ones at the stem tips.

It looked like this, with lots of dry brown leaves :-

I wanted to get rid of the old dry leaves, but they are difficult to remove because the stems are very thorny,
so in order to save my fingers I had an idea to use the hose of a vacuum cleaner to do the job …

Now it has nice clean (but thorny) stems ready to grow and flower this year :-

And my fingers are still intact :)

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Clever Hywel! I've seen similar to this growing in Tenerife gardens.

2 Apr, 2020

 

What great idea Hywel as Thorneyside said your so clever . Its flower and colour is so pretty despite its thorns .

2 Apr, 2020

 

very pretty Hywel , glad your fingers are okay :D

2 Apr, 2020

 

Brilliant idea Hywel - fancy thinking of that. Sitting pretty now and ready to have its photo taken...

2 Apr, 2020

 

Great idea, I'll try this on my dwarf roses. Too many dried leaves inside.

2 Apr, 2020

 

What a good idea Hywel ,those thorns look lethal ..Ouch !

2 Apr, 2020

 

I have never seen this before Hywel! Its very unusual and must have took a lot of patience and sore fingers to sort it out !

2 Apr, 2020

 

😂 what a practical solution.

2 Apr, 2020

 

I used to have one of these in my lab at work. I used to use a stiff paintbrush for the job. When I retired I forgot to bring it home and when I wnt back for it a couple of months later it had been thrown out. My replacement felt it was too dangerous to have near Kids! I had it for 20 yrs and not once had a kid got hurt by it.

I like your idea of using the vacuum cleaner. Very clever.

2 Apr, 2020

 

Very innovative Hywel :-). Looks great.

2 Apr, 2020

 

Aren't Euphorbias versatile? From this exotic prickly one to the huge E.wulfenii in my garden, they must cover just about every type of habitat. Yours is lovely and a great idea to clean it up, I am sure I can adapt that to clean several other types too, now the idea is there it won't go away!
I agree with Seaburn that (current pandemic excluded) people have got much too panic stricken about what might be dangerous, after all if you fall over on a Mother-in-law's tongue plant it could be dangerous, so should we ban everything that is not behind a cage for safety?

3 Apr, 2020

 

It's looking pretty, including the thorns! A good idea, using the vac.

3 Apr, 2020

 

Good work, Hywel... and more fun than vacuuming around the house !

3 Apr, 2020

 

Thank you all for reading about my plant …

I totally agree TT, vacuuming plants is more interesting than vacuuming the house :)

I agree with you too Honeysuckle, but I think sometimes people do things to cover themselves, in case someone makes a complaint.

Seaburngirl, I can't understand anyone throwing a plant away. If I was your replacement and thought the plant was too dangerous to be there, I would have taken it home for myself :D

3 Apr, 2020

 

Jolly good idea, Hywel! but I beat you too it by several years! I, too, use the vacuum cleaner to clear up the dead leaves from my plants on the bedroom windowsills! I did it for the last time about a week or so ago when I was cleaning all the windows in the flat. I had put a lot of pots of Geraniums in the bedroom window last summer & they have lived there ever since (nearly a year now!)

Like your plant they had lots of dead leaves & flowers & getting them all out is a nightmare so I used the v cleaner & hey presto in 5 minutes the plants are free of dead leaves & flowers & the windowsill itself is clean as well as the tops of the pots! :)

I was able to take all the pots off of the windowsill clean the windows & prune the plants before putting them back & hardly a leaf or petal on the carpet! :)

4 Apr, 2020

 

Thank you. I find those leaves easy to pull of but I haven't got many so it doesn't take long.
This plant is so spiny that you can't get to the leaves in the centre of the stems.

4 Apr, 2020

 

Clever idea, it looks lovely now.....I think this is a most attractive Euphorbia......one of the best...

6 Apr, 2020

 

Thank you, the spines are so sharp and I used to use a tweezers but it took ages :)
Yes it is a beautiful plant when in full leaf and flowering.

6 Apr, 2020

 

very nice stunning as always

8 Apr, 2020

 

A very unusual plant Hywel and aren't you clever using the vac in that way?

25 May, 2020

 

Thank you all :)

25 May, 2020

 

i do love crown of thorns... I have two other types of euphorbia (there are hundreds, so I've heard) The euphorbia cactus has been about 6 yrs. getting to it's present 7-1/2 ft. stature... the other is a ground cover that I pitted against aegopodium in my hot sandy front hillside to see who would come out ahead. at first I thought it was aego... hands down...but into June and the euphorbia is in blossom and spreading like wild fire into areas where I don't want it... it took them two seasons to establish their proper "social distance" and are now happily, side by side, marching to victory over my lupins, hosta, etc. perhaps sensing . the possibility of a mass extinction when I redig the whole farce of a bed! The vacuum is handy for removing insects too. I have a friend to vacuumed up a nest of lady beetles. (the Oriental ones) who were swarming after a winter in her walls.

9 Jun, 2020

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