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Euphorbia Splendens

I noticed this morning that our Euphorbia Splendens – crown of thorns – has decided to bloom. It’s a happy houseplant that doesn’t ask much, and it’s small, custard-colored blooms are pretty and resilient.
My mom always had a crown of thorns among her collection of houseplants. She had several different kinds of houseplants – she still does – but the crown of thorns she kept when I was a child never appealed to me. It didn’t help that my mom never got the hang of houseplant care beyond the occasional watering. She, like a lot of people, lets her houseplants get really dirty and dusty; a habit I can’t stand.
Plants, like people, are porous. They need to breathe, just like us. Letting dust, pet dander, and general filth form a film on houseplants is not just harmful, but it ruins the beauty of plants.
The occasional rinse with fresh water (just place the plant in the sink and let the spray run over it) not only gives a houseplant a deep watering (feed the plant with a balanced fertilizer …

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