Plant Care Euphorbia Tithymaloides

Euphorbia Tithymaloides

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Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Japanese Poinsettia, Japanese Poinsettia, Devil's Backbone, Redbird Flower, Slipper Flower and Pedilanthus tithymaloides


Euphorbia tithymaloides

How to care for Euphorbia Tithymaloides

💦 Water

How often to water your Euphorbia Tithymaloides

Water needs for Euphorbia Tithymaloides
0.5 cups
every 12

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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 Tithymaloides

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Japanese Poinsettia in your home

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

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

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

Euphorbia Tithymaloides does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Euphorbia Tithymaloides

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Japanese Poinsettia →

Common Japanese Poinsettia Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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.

Japanese Poinsettia Water Frequency →

Japanese Poinsettia Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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 🏡.

Japanese Poinsettia Light Requirements →

Japanese Poinsettia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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.

Japanese Poinsettia Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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.

Japanese Poinsettia Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Japanese Poinsettia →

💩 Fertilizer

Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Japanese Poinsettia →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Euphorbia Tithymaloides 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 Tithymaloides is native to Worldwide.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Euphorbia Tithymaloides will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Japanese Poinsettia →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Euphorbia Tithymaloides can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Japanese Poinsettia Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 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 Euphorbia Tithymaloides

Euphorbia Tithymaloides

Euphorbia Tithymaloides

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

Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Euphorbia Tithymaloides has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Marilyn avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 160 XP
globe New York

This plant is very easy plant to grow and maintain. It has basically taken care of itself :)

Fast grower Fast grower
@Jennis avatar
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 4,914 XP
globe Portland, OR

Cute and resilient, but a very slow grower.

@egotopia avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 9,716 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL

Very easy to propagate. The plant I have is made up of one cutting I took from a public plant 👀

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@nictac2 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 40 XP
globe Centreville, VA

IT TURNS PINK WHEN THE SUN IS BRIGHT IDK WHAT MORE YOU NEED! it is also very cool looking. it is great

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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