Euphorbia oblongata

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Euphorbia oblongata

The acid green foliage fills even the largest arrangement effortlessly, with wide open branching acid green flowers on tall, slender stems, its perfect for Spring Weddings –

Venues are transformed into virtual gardens.

Flowers are very long lasting in both the garden and the vase.

How to grow:

For best results, sow one seed per cell during September while its still fairly warm. Greenhouse daytime temperatures of 18-24°C are ideal.

Germination can be very erratic. Some seeds may come up immediately while others take several months.

Cover seeds lightly with compost to help keep moist.

Technically a short-lived perennial grown as an annual, so if you miss your sowing window, keep seeds until the following Spring.

Euphorbia is quite self supporting so we don’t bother to stake it. Nothing really eats it and it is unfussy about soil, growing happily in sun or part shade.

Leave seed heads in place after flowering and plants will gently self sow. They have a habit of sowing themselves in the best locations.

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Variety: Euphorbia oblongata
Type: Short lived perennial grown as an Annual
Position: Full sun or part shade
Sow: Autumn and or Spring
Germination: can be very erratic
Height: 60-70cm
Harvest: June onwards
Seeds per packet: 40 seeds (approx. counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

CAUTION: Euphorbia has a thick, milky sap that is an irritant to skin and eyes. Toxic if eaten.

I always pick wearing ‘washing up gloves’ I’m not allergic to the sap but it’s sticky and you really don’t want to get the sap into your eyes!

I find wearing gloves not only protects my skin, but it reminds me not to touch my face while picking.

Once picked I leave stems in their own bucket of water to condition, changing the water once the stems have sealed over and stopped leaking sap. You can then mix with other flowers in arrangements.

As a precaution I don’t add stems to personal hand held flowers such as bridal bouquets.

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