Plant Care Ghost Cactus

Ghost Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (21 experiences)

Ghost Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ghost Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Candelabra Cactus, Candelabra Cactus, Dragon Bones, False Cactus, Elkhorn, Hat Rack Cactus, Mottled Spurge, Dragon Bone Cactus and ghost cactus


Euphorbia lactea

How to care for Ghost Cactus


How often to water your Ghost Cactus

Water needs for Ghost Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Ghost 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 Ghost Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Candelabra Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Ghost Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Ghost Cactus

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

Difficulty Level

Ghost 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!

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Care Summary for Ghost Cactus

Ghost Cactus

Ghost 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

Ghost Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 15
Ghost Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Ghost Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Dylanslabach avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 698 XP

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

Jenkobeeno avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP

smol and nice

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Oedekoven06 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 222 XP
globe Cheyenne, Wyoming

God remmie is just sooo cool

Loksb avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Rancho Cucamonga, California

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

Survivor Survivor
Emmyanenome avatar
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 1,759 XP

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

Survivor Survivor
Lilyyandow avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Bedford, New Hampshire

silly looking plant that will survive the toughest treatment

Survivor Survivor

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