Euphorbia oblongata

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Euphorbia oblongata

The acid green foliage fills even the largest arrangements 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:

Sow one seed per cell in a cold greenhouse in Autumn. Germination can be very erratic. Some seeds may come up immediately others taking several months. There is no rush we have many months of growing time ahead.

Leave trays in an unheated greenhouse where the fluctuating autumn temperatures will work their magic.

Euphorbia is quite self supporting so we don’t stake it, nothing really eats it. It’s unfussy with soil and will happily grow in part shade. Brilliant!

Technically a short lived perennial it will come back bigger and better the following year and self seed future plants around your garden.  For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram and for busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Autumn Jump Starter Handbook

Variety: Euphorbia oblongata
Type: Short lived perennial
Position: Full sun or part shade
Sow: Autumn
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.

I always pick wearing ‘washing up gloves’ I’m not allergic to the sap but it’s really 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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