Plant Care Euphorbia Lactea

Euphorbia Lactea

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About Euphorbia Lactea

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 lactea
Euphorbia
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

Also known as

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

How to care for Euphorbia Lactea

💦 Water

How often to water your Euphorbia Lactea

Water needs for Euphorbia Lactea
0.5 cups
every 12

Euphorbia Lactea 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 Euphorbia Lactea

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Candelabra Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Euphorbia Lactea: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Euphorbia Lactea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Euphorbia Lactea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Euphorbia Lactea

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea 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 Euphorbia Lactea 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

Euphorbia Lactea is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Euphorbia Lactea produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Euphorbia Lactea 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
Euphorbia Lactea can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Candelabra Cactus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Euphorbia Lactea can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 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 Euphorbia Lactea. 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 Euphorbia Lactea

Euphorbia Lactea

Euphorbia Lactea


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

Euphorbia Lactea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 19
Euphorbia Lactea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Euphorbia Lactea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Euphorbia Lactea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
@ddevidea avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 184 XP
01/20/2022

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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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Gor4red avatar
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leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 10,229 XP
12/22/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@dylanslabach avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 806 XP
08/26/2021

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

@jenkobeeno avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 224 XP
06/11/2021

smol and nice

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@oedekoven06 avatar
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY
05/23/2021

God remmie is just sooo cool

@loksb avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Rancho Cucamonga, CA
04/19/2021

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

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@EmmyAnenome avatar
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leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 3,576 XP
03/03/2021

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

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@lilyyandow avatar
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leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Bedford, NH
02/16/2021

silly looking plant that will survive the toughest treatment

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