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Learning to Save and to Care for a Crown of Thorn

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I bought this beautiful Crown of thorn in July of last year. It was very happy outdoors but I had a feeling that once I brought it inside for the winter, there was going to be trouble... It didn't take long.
I am aware that temperature and lighting can and will have a different effect on your plants once they are back indoors for the winter... This transition has always been an issue and a problem for me.....
" Sigh" One day I'm going to get it right!
I SWORE I would Not.... OVER WATER! But OVER WATER I DID! I had to stop my crying and spring into action.!! My photos explain what I'm doing to save it... Thanks for your comments and tips..

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  • Rebecca Duff
    Rebecca Duff Powell, TN
    on Jan 6, 2014

    I love these! I do hope you have luck as I live in zone 6b, about on the line (Knoxville TN) and I always loose mine when I bring them indoors. If you have luck please let us know. The first pic was Beautiful! Never saw one so large! There must be a trick to 'over-wintering'!..oh, btw, a little bit or 'root-tone' on the bottom never hurt! Good Luck

  • Vetsy
    Vetsy Spartanburg, SC
    on Jan 6, 2014

    @Rebecca Duff..... Thank you for the encouragement..It was the size of it that got my attention as well ..... I spotted it at Homedepot and had to have it!. ... I have been so envious of others who have had success with these... I think they are so unique! The thorns are a pain in the butt! but I over look them because I like the bracts.... My zone I think is 7a-b.... Thanks for wishing me luck I'll keep trying....And Thanks for the tip..

  • Sherry Goolsby
    Sherry Goolsby Richland, MS
    on Jan 6, 2014

    @VETSY Don't bury it,LAY it on the sand or soil,in a really bright area and leave it alone for about 6 weeks.If you think it looks too dry,mist it but DON"T SOAK the soil around it. There'll be HAIRS growing in NO TIME!

  • Vetsy
    Vetsy Spartanburg, SC
    on Jan 6, 2014

    @Sherry Goolsby ..... Okay Sherry..Thanks I'll try that... and I'll update..

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jan 6, 2014

    The good news is that crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii) is very forgiving (and that the sap is far more an irritant than poisonous). Yes, you should let the cutting heal over before planting. If you can now resist overwatering, your plant should certainly bounce back.

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