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Euphorbia

Euphorbia

Let's get right to it. You are now on the Euphorbia care manual, not the Cactus one. There is a small, but definite difference between the Euphorbia and the Cactus. A Cactus doesn't have spurge, while the Euphorbia does. The houseplant comes from several warm areas and has different species. In nature the Euphorbia can grow a few meters high, but as a houseplant the plant remains somewhat more subtle.

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Euphorbia

Let’s get right to it. You are now on the Euphorbia care manual, not the Cactus one. There is a small, but definite difference between the Euphorbia and the Cactus. A Cactus doesn’t have spurge, while the Euphorbia does. The houseplant comes from several warm areas and has different species. In nature the Euphorbia can grow a few meters high, but as a houseplant the plant remains somewhat more subtle.

Euphorbia

Let’s get right to it. You are now on the Euphorbia care manual, not the Cactus one. There is a small, but definite difference between the Euphorbia and the Cactus. A Cactus doesn’t have spurge, while the Euphorbia does. The houseplant comes from several warm areas and has different species. In nature the Euphorbia can grow a few meters high, but as a houseplant the plant remains somewhat more subtle.

Half-shade

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

Half-shade

Water once a month

No air-purifying plant

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot every 3 years

How do you take care of an Euphorbia?

The best location

As far as the location is concerned, the Euphorbia, just like the Cactus, has few requirements. Whether the plant is placed in sunlight or in a place with half shade. It makes little difference! In summer you can even place the Euphorbia on the terrace, a balcony or in the garden. Do you move the plant from a light to a dark spot or the other way around? Then keep in mind that the Euphorbia needs to get used to. It is best to let the plant gradually get used to its new location.

Watering the Euphorbia

The Euphorbia can do without water for a long time. Although this does depend on the species. In general, once a month is more than enough. In winter, the Euphorbia can go without water for two months. We recommend watering the Euphorbia between 2 and 4 weeks in summer. Make sure that the soil of the Euphorbia has dried up before you water it again. The amount and frequency of watering also depends on the location, size and material of the flowerpot.

Plant nutrition

By nature the Euphorbia grows very slowly. The plant therefore consumes very little energy. Extra plant nutrition is certainly not necessary. Would you like to give the plant an extra boost? Then give it a small amount of plant nutrition once a month from spring to summer. You can use plant food especially for Cacti. Never give more or more than the recommended amount.

Repotting

The Euphorbia is not such a fast grower. Therefore it is certainly not necessary to repot every year. Once every three years is in most cases more than enough. Are you going to repot the Euphorbia? You can use a thick towel to get the plant out of its pot. This way you will not suffer from the pointed spines. When repotting, always use fresh potting soil and a flowerpot that is 20% larger. Repotting the Euphorbia is easiest if you do it in pairs.

Air purifying function

No, at the Euphorbia you have little in the way of air purification. Fortunately, the houseplant has other properties you can enjoy.

Is the Euphorbia poisonous?

Attention pet lovers! The Euphorbia is poisonous. The sap contained in the plant can cause irritation. As soon as pets and/or children come into contact with the juice, it is important to contact a doctor.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Euphorbia has different species which all react differently to diseases and pests. In general, the plant is not susceptible to aphids or spider mites. In case of diseases or vermin, you can first try to clean the Euphorbia with a hard jet of water. If this does not work, you can use a pesticide.

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