Plant Care Ghost Cactus

Ghost Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (25 experiences)

Ghost Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ghost Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Ghost Cactus

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 and Coral Cactus

How to care for Ghost Cactus

Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
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:

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

Ghost Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 19
Ghost Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Ghost Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Ghost Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Ddevidea avatar
@Ddevidea
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

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Gor4red avatar
@Gor4red
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 7,980 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
@Dylanslabach
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
@Jenkobeeno
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 224 XP
06/11/2021

smol and nice

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Oedekoven06 avatar
@Oedekoven06
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY
05/23/2021

God remmie is just sooo cool

Loksb avatar
@Loksb
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

Survivor Survivor
Emmyanenome avatar
@Emmyanenome
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 3,357 XP
03/03/2021

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

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

silly looking plant that will survive the toughest treatment

Survivor Survivor

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