Plant Care African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush

4.7 out of 5 (50 experiences)

African Milk Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
African Milk Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

African Milk Tree


Euphorbia trigona

How to care for African Milk Bush


How often to water your African Milk Bush

Water needs for African Milk Bush
0.5 cups
every 12

African Milk Bush 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 Bush

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African Milk Bush in your home

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

African Milk Bush 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 Bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize African Milk Bush

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

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Care Summary for African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush

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.

What other plant parents say

African Milk Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 37
African Milk Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 19
African Milk Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
African Milk Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
African Milk Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
African Milk Bush has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
African Milk Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Maija avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP

Very rewarding to watch this plant grow and thrive 🥰 I’ve fallen in love with this plant over time

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Michaklos avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 679 XP
globe Dundee, Scotland

Nothing special about this plant. Easy to care for, apart from that nothing special

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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe London, England

jumped out of his pot about 36 times, still alive, I appreciate

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 62 Plants
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globe Kenosha, Wisconsin

Very hardy just be extremely careful around pets it is not pet safe

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 963 XP
globe Essex Fells, New Jersey

I received this cactus as a gift and while it’s pretty low maintenance, it’s also pretty ugly. I feel badly for it because of its looks. I won’t kill it or throw it away, but I won’t display it either.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 103 Plants
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globe Albuquerque, New Mexico

I have had this old man ever since he was an inch tall he has grown to be almost 3 feet I’ve had him for many years. This guy is a great cactus and I love him to pieces. Easy to grow I put him outside in the summer make sure he’s got some shade on him because the sun is too hot here. I recommend one to y’a.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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Make sure you have a nice sunny spot for it and water regularly if in direct sunlight. Also have good drainage for it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 783 XP
globe Arvada, Colorado

Easy to propagate just be careful of the thorns. Really easy to care for, let it dry out really well, doesn’t require much water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Sarasota, Florida

Very easy to grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kat-pal avatar
leaf-1 55 Plants
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I’ve had this plant for years as a novice plant mom. It requires minimal care and has endured ignorance.

Survivor Survivor
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globe Rocklin, California

Don’t overwater it and give it love!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Julianne96 avatar
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xp 609 XP
globe Montréal, Québec

Never dies

Survivor Survivor
Martin avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe New York

Sturdy plant, got this one at The Sill on the Upper West Side for you local folks! Mindful watering + 4ft from a window = it’s happy plant!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 32 Plants
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I got the African milk bush because it was next to an orchid but it has lasted over three years and it’s beautiful against most any plans

Survivor Survivor
Indie_go avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 19 XP

These cacti are great! They don’t need watering too frequently and are very tough plants. I will say that from experience these plants grow better in a relatively dry, room temperature place, and only need watering about once every 2-3 weeks depending on the temperature. These plants can grow very tall too, and they’re beautiful! Would definitely recommend for someone who’s new with plants!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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globe Cornwall, Ontario

One of the easier cactus type plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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