This euphorbia martini baby charm has definitely benefited from being moved from a pot into the border. Much happier now. Thought I’d better capture it now before I cut it back to the ground. I find this advice to cut back to the ground before the first frost very strange for an evergreen?! Can anyone advise please before I jump in with my secateurs? #euphorbia #spurge #advice #help #ajoct22
It’s a strange one isn’t it? How do they know it’s evergreen if it’s cut down to the ground before the first frost? I can’t quite get my head around the logic with this one! 🤷♀️ Will probably leave it alone unless anyone can advise differently. @juliesgarden @wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom @pelly
Definitely don’t prune it!! There are three types of euphorbias - evergreens, biennial and perennial. Yours is actually a biennial form, which is the stems have two seasons. One year the stems grow, and the second year they flower. Then they die. But not without new stems forming at base for the following year. You only prune back the stems that have flowered this year and gone brown. All of yours look fresh and not yet flowered, so don’t prune it at all till next year when those have flowered
Euphorbia x martini varieties are technically biennial forms, as are Euphorbia characias. It’s only the true herbaceous perennial forms that you prune right down to the base at end of each year. And finally the true evergreen forms also have a different approach, as they are just lightly trimmed occasionally after flowering, just removing the flower heads.