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Can I move euphorbia blackbird?

NollieNollie Posts: 7,014
Ive read that some euphorbias, like Wulfinii, don’t take kindly to moving/transplanting, does anyone know about Blackbird? 

Reason I ask is that these new plants are strong, but basically one stem a pot, and I would like to plant them closer than recommended to form a reasonable looking bushy plant in a gap in the border - but temporarily - for an event in June, for which I have been instructed the garden must be looking perfect!

Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145
    If you move them to one pot you are not transplanting them. Well, you are, but it won't disturb the roots which is what some of them don't like

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    If you are going to put directly in the ground could you just bury the plants in the pots for now and once the 'event' has taken place plant them in more permanent positions?
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145
    I missed the bit about putting them in the ground. :) 
    as long as the rootball stays intact you'll be OK

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,014
    Actually, burying them in the ground in their pots is a good idea madpenguin, I didn’t think of that, 🙄. Maybe I’ll  pot them on into slightly larger pots to do that so they have some more room to grow, save risking damaging the rootball spacing them out afterwards, nutcutlet. I’m not sure how long they normally take to bush up...

    Thanks to you both!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,224
    That's an unusual Euphorbia! They do have some shoots lower down which may make them look more bushy by June. The flowers will probably have gone to seed by then, I'd almost say snip off the flowering stems now to encourage the shoots lower down.

    I moved a large E Wulfenii in late summer which accidentally ended up with just the bare root! Their roots are bizarrely small. Not ideal but I watered it to soaking point every day and it pulled through.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,014
    Thanks WillDB, You are right, I was also thinking I should chop those stems right back once the flowers are over to encourage it to bush out, but I was worried I would be left with not much on the big day.

    I bought this variety to hide the bare legs of an orange Warm Welcome climbing rose that has reddish hints in the foliage so I think the combination will work well, when it gets big enough!

    Glad your Wulf survived the move, thats exactly what I read, that it had tiny fragile roots, which given it can grow pretty big, is surprising.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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