Euphorbia care

Euphorbia care

Intro

Euhporbia are very easy to care for plant originating from Africa and South and Central America. Euphorbia is a plant that needs little light and water to survive. Thsee plants grow both in deserts and in the high mountains in the wild.

Location

The Euphorbia doesn’t have many demands on how much sunlight they should get. That is why the plant can be placed almost anywhere in the house, both in the sun and in the shade. Some species can even be placed on the terrace in the summer. It is important to know that the amount of light is accompanied by how much water you need to give. When the plant is in the bright sun, you will need to water a little more than if the plant is in the shade.

Watering

It is important that you never give the Euphorbia too much water. The Euphorbia only needs water again when the soil is completely dry. This is important because the roots will rot otherwise.

Spraying and pruning

Euphorbia does not suffer much from brown leaves, but it can always happen that the plant becomes too big. Cut the plant to a more desirable size. With a sharp knife the branches can be cut off at the stem. Blood will be released from the plant which is toxic for small children and pets, so be careful with that.  The bleeding can be stopped with cigarette ashes, otherwise the wound will close by itself. Spraying is actually only necessary when there are pests on the plant. Then give a hard jet to fight the pests.

Repotting

Always use gloves when repotting the Euphorbia. It is recommended to only repot when really necessary. The plant grows slowly and can therefore stand in the same pot for a long time. Only when you see the roots pressing against the pot is it wise to start repotting. If you are going to repot the plant, make sure that the new pot is 20% larger than the growing pot.

Origin

The Euphorbia originates from India, Africa, Central America, South America and Mexico and can be found both in desert areas and in the high cold mountains.


Diseases

In general, the species of Euphorbia are not susceptible to diseases and pests. Some species such as the poinsettia are somewhat sensitive to aphids. In any case, avoid draughts and moisture, because spider mites and scale insects like it a lot.

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