Plant Care Crested Elkhorn

Crested Elkhorn

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Crested Elkhorn has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Crested Elkhorn

Crested Elkhorn is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor with only 50 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Crested Elkhorn likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Euphorbia lactea f. cristata

Also known as

Coral Cactus and Crested Candelabra Plant

How to care for Crested Elkhorn


How often to water your Crested Elkhorn

Water needs for Crested Elkhorn
0.5 cups
every 12

Crested Elkhorn 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 Crested Elkhorn

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Crested Elkhorn in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crested Elkhorn: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Crested Elkhorn love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Crested Elkhorn does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Crested Elkhorn

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

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Care Summary for Crested Elkhorn

Crested Elkhorn

Crested Elkhorn

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

Crested Elkhorn has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Zay avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 2,120 XP

I’ve had this plant for awhile now and it’s been super easy & carefree. This summer, I had it on my patio as well & it had developed a really pretty purple-pink-red around the edges of the top!

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Olivia avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 25 XP
globe Austin, TX

almost all of them come with tightly-packed but rocky soil, so be careful when handling.

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