How to grow Euphorbia lactea

Euphorbia lactea growing shrub‎ succulent of the genus Euphorbia also known as Coral Cactus or Mottled spurge, Euphorbia lactea perennial evergreen used as ornamental or medical plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-12.

Euphorbia lactea leaves

Stem color green some cultivars have pink, red, orange or white color, stem can grow erect to cockscomb shape, there are spines on the stems

Flower color yellow or red with five petals, flowers small and 1-2 grow next to each spine.

Euphorbia lactea for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy

Requirements for Euphorbia lactea growing and care:

Well-drained soil, frost free

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, some of the cultivars require graft because they don’t produce chlorophyll

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spines, poisonous

Recommended planting season?
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead part and for design

Size of the plant:
0.2-5 m, 8 inches to 15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade with light)

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes (not when it’s big)

Blooming information

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General information about the flower
Yellow or red with five petals, flowers small and 1-2 grow next to each spine

Scientific name:

Euphorbia lactea

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