How to propagate: Euphorbia

The Euphorbia is a look-a-like of the Cactus. So it is not a problem if you can hardly see the difference. Although there is one big difference. An Euphorbia has spurge. This can be a bit of a mess when taking cuttings.


  • Euphorbia
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Old towel
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: gloves

Propagating an Euphorbia in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

  • Do you have a Euphorbia that grows bumps? Then you can carefully cut these bumps off.
  • Does your Euphorbia grow lengthwise? Then you can cut off the stem close to the ground.

Watch out! The Euphorbia has spurge. It's best to rinse the cutting under a running tap.

Step 3: Let the cutting dry

Let the the cutting dry for at least a week. Choose a location with a lot of shade and not too many temperature switches.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

As soon as the cutting has dried you can repot the cutting. Use a mix of potting soil and sand. You can put the bump on top of the soil, or put the cuttings in the soil.

Put the cutting on a spot with a lot of indirect sunlight. It's important that you don't water the cutting. Only water the cutting when there is growth visible.

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