Some African milk trees will flower within the first year, while others may take up to five years.
Once your tree flowers, it will produce small, white flowers that last for about a week.
The African milk tree is not picky when it comes to soil, but it does prefer well-drained soil that is high in organic matter.
If your soil is not well-drained, you can improve it by mixing in some sand or perlite.
You should water your African Milk Tree when the top two inches of soil are dry.
Your African milk tree will need to be watered regularly during the growing season (spring and summer), but you should still allow the soil to dry out between watering.
During the winter months, you can cut back on watering, as the tree will enter a semi-dormant state.
You can fertilize your African milk tree every two weeks during the growing season using a half-strength, all-purpose fertilizer.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application.
Pruning is not necessary for African milk trees, but you can trim off any dead or damaged branches as needed.
Also, if you want to encourage branching, you can selectively prune the tips of branches.
You should water your African Milk Tree until the water runs out of the drainage hole in the pot.