Plant Care Candelabra Cactus

Candelabra Cactus

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Candelabra Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Candelabra Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Candelabra Cactus

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!


Euphorbia lactea

Also known as

Dragon Bones, False Cactus, Elkhorn, Hat Rack Cactus, Mottled Spurge, Dragon Bone Cactus, Ghost Cactus and Coral Cactus

How to care for Candelabra Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Candelabra Cactus

Water needs for Candelabra Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Candelabra Cactus 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 Candelabra Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Candelabra Cactus in your home

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

Candelabra Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Candelabra Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Candelabra Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Candelabra Cactus 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!

Benefits of Growing Candelabra Cactus →

Common Candelabra Cactus Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Candelabra Cactus 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.

Candelabra Cactus Water Frequency →

Candelabra Cactus Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Candelabra Cactus 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 🏡.

Candelabra Cactus Light Requirements →

Candelabra Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Candelabra Cactus is extremely dangerous if consumed. 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 immediately. Candelabra Cactus is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

💨 Humidity

Candelabra Cactus 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.

Candelabra Cactus Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Candelabra Cactus 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 Candelabra Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Candelabra Cactus →

💩 Fertilizer

Candelabra Cactus 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 Candelabra Cactus 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

Candelabra Cactus is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Candelabra Cactus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Candelabra Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Candelabra Cactus →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Candelabra Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Candelabra Cactus Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Candelabra Cactus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting 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.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Candelabra Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Candelabra Cactus

Candelabra Cactus

Candelabra Cactus

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

Candelabra Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 19
Candelabra Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Candelabra Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Candelabra Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
@ddevidea avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 184 XP

survives out of zero care literally. I've had him for few years ever since he was just a little stem. Never faced bright light, only watered a few times a year but he's thriving regardless

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@Gor4red avatar
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 10,727 XP

I absolutely adore this plant! So weird and cool looking, but also very hardy.

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@dylanslabach avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 806 XP

Meh, just a plant I got as a gift, nothing really special, just cool looking

@jenkobeeno avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 224 XP

smol and nice

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@oedekoven06 avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY

God remmie is just sooo cool

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Rancho Cucamonga, CA

She’s pretty much stayed the same but she did change colors

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@EmmyAnenome avatar
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 3,978 XP

A fun, huge euphorbia!! They grow pretty fast in the right conditions

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leaf-1 45 Plants
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globe Bedford, NH

silly looking plant that will survive the toughest treatment

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