Plant Care African Candelabra Tree

African Candelabra Tree

Also known as

Candelabra Tree


Euphorbia ingens

How to care for African Candelabra Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your African Candelabra Tree

Water needs for African Candelabra Tree
0.5 cups
every 12

African Candelabra Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of African Candelabra Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for African Candelabra Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Candelabra Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African Candelabra Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

African Candelabra Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of African Candelabra Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize African Candelabra Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Candelabra Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Candelabra Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

African Candelabra Tree thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

African Candelabra Tree Water Frequency →

African Candelabra Tree Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

African Candelabra Tree requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

African Candelabra Tree Light Requirements →

African Candelabra Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

African Candelabra Tree enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

African Candelabra Tree Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

African Candelabra Tree is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for African Candelabra Tree →

When and How to Successfully Repot African Candelabra Tree →

💩 Fertilizer

African Candelabra Tree grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for African Candelabra Tree to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

African Candelabra Tree is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

African Candelabra Tree produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

🌱 Propagation

African Candelabra Tree can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for African Candelabra Tree

African Candelabra Tree

African Candelabra Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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