How To Propagate Euphorbia: A Step-By-Step Guide

Introduction to Euphorbia Propagation

Euphorbia is a large genus of flowering plants, usually referred to as spurges. They are native to many parts of the world and can be found in both tropical and temperate climates. The most popular varieties are the poinsettia, crown-of-thorns, and pencil cactus. Euphorbias are popular houseplants because they are easy to care for and propagate quickly with minimal effort. In this article we will discuss how to successfully propagate euphorbia using three different methods: stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, and division.

Stem Cutting Method

The first method is by taking stem cuttings from an existing plant or cutting back some stems that have grown too long on your own plant. For best results use a sharp blade or pair of scissors when making your cutting so there is minimal damage done to the plant’s tissues. You will want your cutting length between 4 – 6 inches (10-15 cm). After you make your cuts take off any leaves near the base of the stem but leave those at the top intact so they can help provide energy for root growth later on down the line. Place these stems into moist soil or water in order for them to start growing roots and ultimately new shoots that will become full plants over time if given proper care and attention!

Leaf Cutting Method

The second method is propagating euphorbias through leaf cuttings which involves snipping off individual leaves from an established motherplant with sharp scissors then placing them on their side into pre-moistened soil/peat moss mixture where they should establish roots within several weeks depending on environmental conditions such as light exposure & temperature etc., Eventually after having rooted properly each leaf should produce small offsets around its edges giving rise again over time into more mature plants! This method works best when used during warmer months but it’s all up to personal preference really 🙂

Division Method

Finally we have our third propagation technique which involves dividing larger clumps of already established euphorbias either manually with a shovel or spade – simply dig up one side carefully keeping all its foliage intact then divide it in half along its natural line before replanting each piece separately either directly back into garden beds or containers/pots where they’ll continue growing happily as separate entities! Again this approach requires some physical exertion so it might not be ideal for everyone out there however if done correctly should reward you nicely with multiple healthy young clones ready for transferral…which brings us onto our next step 😉


Propagating euphorbias doesn’t take much skill nor require any fancy tools – just basic gardening knowledge combined with patience & observation skills plus maybe some luck thrown in here & there 😉 With proper care & maintenance these wonderful succulents can offer plenty of beauty indoors as well outdoors throughout many seasons ahead – especially when propagated correctly via one (if not) all three methods outlined above 🙂 Happy Gardening folks!!