Euphorbia ammak grow and care – succulent of the genus Euphorbia also known as Purge ammak or Ammak, Euphorbia ammak perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant for the erect stems and its drought tolerant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-12.
Stem erect in color green or variegated yellow with spines, the edge of the stem can be clear or become wavy.
Well drained soil, even dry most of the time, sandy soil, prefer more than 5C but can survive frost, when the stems become older must use support or cut.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed – sowing in the spring in sunny location keep soil lightly moist (be aware do not over water), better that the soil will be sandy with good drainage / Vegetative reproduction – start from cutting, cut the stems at least 5cm (2inches) easier like this, can be bigger but then need support that won’t fall, after cut the stem need to wait until the cut area will hill, keep the stem in shade and dry location, important the drainage of the soil, do not over water, and let it dry little bit between water but don’t let it fully dry, shade in the beginning it’s important for the stem, after establish need to expose slowly to the sun.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but easy to start from cutting and harder from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: thorns, toxic that can cause skin irritation
Recommended planting season? Spring to summer hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b, all year in hardiness zone 11-12
Pests and diseases: Snails, slugs
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Branch that starts to grow on the side or horizontal, for design, dead or old stems, don’t wait too long with the stems, the might fall when they stems getting rotten by age can be checked but when the get infected by virus must cut it that won’t fall or won’t infected all the plant
Size of the plant? 2-7 m, 6-21 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water – overwater will kill the plant, let it dry between watering, it is drought tolerant and can survive long period of drought
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: No, possible to grow in a container only when it’s young, or if won’t let it grow too much high, it’s not stable and dangerous to grow it in container because if it’s fall (can be all the container or just part of the stems) the spine
Bloom season: Summer
General information about the flower Yellow flowers small and grow next to each thorns