Plant Care African Milk Barrel

African Milk Barrel

Taxonomy

Euphorbia polygona var. horrida
Euphorbia
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

How to care for African Milk Barrel

💦 Water

How often to water your African Milk Barrel

Water needs for African Milk Barrel
0.5 cups
every 12

African Milk Barrel 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 Milk Barrel

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for African Milk Barrel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Milk Barrel: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African Milk Barrel love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

African Milk Barrel does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize African Milk Barrel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Milk Barrel: 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 Milk Barrel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

African Milk Barrel is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

African Milk Barrel 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

African Milk Barrel 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

African Milk Barrel is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

African Milk Barrel 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.


🪴 Soil

African Milk Barrel 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!


💩 Fertilizer

African Milk Barrel 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 Milk Barrel 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 Milk Barrel is native to Worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

African Milk Barrel grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
African Milk Barrel can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 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 Milk Barrel

African Milk Barrel

African Milk Barrel


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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