How to grow milk thistle from seeds

For this species of Euphorbia, I really like its folk name in American circles – baseball plant, which means “baseball plant”. Developing in sufficient light, it really looks like a ball. And with flowers and seed capsules it turns out something alien at all.

People from the outside first want to call Molochai obese a cactus, but this is not true, although both the origin and the conditions of the plant are quite similar.

This succulent is native to South Africa. It grows there in stony soil under the scorching sun. So the basic rules of its treatment are quite obvious: if you want to grow Euphorbia obesa from seeds beautiful – give the sprouts a lot of light and know the measure with watering.

What to plant seeds in

I did not notice that the plant is fastidious to the soil. I took a universal soil, added a small amount of coarse sand to it, sprinkled the seeds a little – germination was one hundred percent. But it is still better to choose a soil for succulents.

When sprouts appeared, I added a thin layer of pebbles, so that the plants were more stable and the earth in the sun did not overheat. Pebbles I buy in a pet store in the department for aquariums, before using just in case, wash, although the package they are quite clean.

Thistle seedlings 2 months old

Euphorbia began to sprout in my plant on day 10-14. At first the cotyledon leaves appeared, which may seem strange with the shape of the adult plant, and then the stem itself appeared between them, which further grew already without leaves.

Growth and development of the seedlings of the thistle

In general, I had no problems here as such. From the first days the seedlings made an impression of hardy and undemanding plants. I watered them carefully – a succulent, after all.

3.5 months after sowing, I transplanted them into separate cups of 200 ml. Be careful with transplanting: on the surface of the stem of this thistle there are small tubercles (reduced leaves) – they are easy to damage, which is immediately noticeable by the white sap that is released. The juice is poisonous, be sure to wash your hands after this procedure.

Already by the 4th month, the euphorbias had reached about a centimeter in diameter. And then everything went on, as it should be – they increased in size and got rounder. By the way, until now (it’s been 2 years), the plants sit in these cups.

If the thistle seedlings are stretching out

The only difficulty I encountered was that the little euphorbia obsoleta started to stretch out. It turned out to be such a long stalk, on which at some distance above the ground the cotyledon leaves with stems began. It was ugly and uncomfortable for the sprout.

Thistle seedlings are stretching out

Why does this happen? There are two reasons:

  • Not a lot of light. Don’t forget that the plant comes from South Africa.
  • Too frequent watering: The stem is growing, but the amount of sunlight does not match its growth rate.

The answer is obvious – give as much light as possible and moderate the watering. The less light, the more modest the care must be.

A cosmetic “defect” in seedlings can also be corrected: when transplanting for elongated euphorbia I made drainage higher. Thus, the long stalk is simply hidden under a layer of coarse sand. But here we must not forget that it is necessary to hide the stem with drainage, not with soil, otherwise when watering the water will remain at the level of the stem, which is fraught with the death of the plant.

But adult plants, stretching out, get close to a cylindrical shape, there is nothing to correct. So practice on seedlings. 🙂