Plant Care African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.7 out of 5 (61 experiences)

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

About African Milk Bush

This plant grows tiny leaves that drop off once they mature. Plants in the Euphorbia genus have poisonous, milky, white, latex-like sap so be sure to keep them far from curious pets and children ⚠️ You may hear them referred to as cacti, but they're actually completely unrelated and belong to a group of plants known as spurges!

Taxonomy

Euphorbia trigona
Euphorbia
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

Also known as

African Milk Tree

How to care for African Milk Bush

Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 🚫.

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

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

African Milk Bush is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush

African Milk Bush


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.

What other plant parents say

African Milk Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 46
African Milk Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 24
African Milk Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
African Milk Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
African Milk Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
African Milk Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Cherryboihunter avatar
@Cherryboihunter
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 212 XP
globe Houston, TX
01/26/2022

Beautiful plant that grows fast and easy to take care of with little maintenance. Perfect for an outdoor patio/balcony area with just enough sun to soak in. Mine has grown these amazing red leaves that have surprisingly stayed on throughout the colder months.

I would be a little cautious when handling it because aside from the pointy thorns on it, pricking yourself or getting it’s sap on you can cause annoying itchiness and discomfort. Please make sure to keep this away from pets or small children. If you practice care with this plant, it will certainly reward you with lots of growth and love.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Brooke0819 avatar
@Brooke0819
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Menlo, GA
12/07/2021

His name is Tyrone and he is in a pot with three other little plants he is growing fabulously and is so easy to take care of!!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kiersten avatar
@Kiersten
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 36,188 XP
globe New Orleans, LA
11/24/2021

One of my lowest maintenance plants!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Chikinnanban avatar
@Chikinnanban
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 97 XP
11/02/2021

It’s my favorite babe!
He grew so quickly!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Maija avatar
@Maija
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 128 XP
08/16/2021

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
@Michaklos
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 1,379 XP
globe Dundee, Scotland
08/13/2021

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

Zanna avatar
@Zanna
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 53 XP
globe London, England
08/09/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 6,970 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
08/04/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
B avatar
@B
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,001 XP
globe Essex Fells, NJ
07/09/2021

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
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
07/01/2021

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
Paigetibbits avatar
@Paigetibbits
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 156 XP
06/29/2021

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
Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/28/2021

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
Jadenlovesplants avatar
@Jadenlovesplants
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Sarasota, FL
06/08/2021

Very easy to grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kat-pal avatar
@Kat-pal
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 5,711 XP
06/03/2021

I’ve had this plant for years as a novice plant mom. It requires minimal care and has endured ignorance.

Survivor Survivor
Isabella avatar
@Isabella
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 420 XP
globe Rocklin, CA
05/27/2021

Don’t overwater it and give it love!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Julianne96 avatar
@Julianne96
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 614 XP
globe Montréal, Québec
05/18/2021

Never dies

Survivor Survivor
Sarrahusere0bb5a94 avatar
@Sarrahusere0bb5a94
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 2,206 XP
04/26/2021

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
@Indie_go
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 19 XP
03/21/2021

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
User3022 avatar
@User3022
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 3,271 XP
globe Cornwall, Ontario
02/12/2021

One of the easier cactus type plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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