Plant Care Caper Spurge

Caper Spurge

Also known as

Paper spurge, Gopher spurge, Gopher plant and Mole plant


Euphorbia lathyris

How to care for Caper Spurge

💦 Water

How often to water your Caper Spurge

Water needs for Caper Spurge
0.5 cups
every 12

Caper Spurge 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 Caper Spurge

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Caper Spurge in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Caper Spurge: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Caper Spurge love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Caper Spurge does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Caper Spurge

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Caper Spurge is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Common Caper Spurge Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Caper Spurge 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.

Caper Spurge Water Frequency →

Caper Spurge Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Caper Spurge 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 🏡.

Caper Spurge Light Requirements →

Caper Spurge Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Caper Spurge 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. Caper Spurge is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

💨 Humidity

Caper Spurge 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.

Caper Spurge Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Caper Spurge 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 Caper Spurge →

When and How to Successfully Repot Caper Spurge →

💩 Fertilizer

Caper Spurge 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 Caper Spurge 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

Caper Spurge is native to Worldwide.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Caper Spurge grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Caper Spurge →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Caper Spurge can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 1a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Caper Spurge Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Caper Spurge 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.

Care Summary for Caper Spurge

Caper Spurge

Caper Spurge

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.

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