Devils Ladder (Pedilanthus tithymaloides) care

Devils Ladder (Pedilanthus tithymaloides) care


The Pedilanthus tithymaloides will be most quickly recognized by its curly leaves that have a green / gray color with a white edge. The zigzag growth of the plant makes it look exotic. Unfortunately it is still a relatively unknown houseplant. The plant belongs to the Spurge family.


The Pedilanthus tithymaloides prefers enough light and warmth but no direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can be bad for the leaves of the plant. Therefore, place the plant in a spot in the semi-shade, for example a few meters from a window on the east or west.


Give the Pedilanthus enough water, but also make sure that the soil can dry up between the watering sessions. Too much water will cause root rot.


The Pedilanthus does not need much extra nutrition to get. The first year after repotting there is no need to give any extra food at all. The following year it is wise to give some extra nutrition in the spring and summer months.


Repot only when necessary. Repot always in the spring, so that the plant still has enough time to recover from any damage.

Useful to know

  • Cool or hot temperatures can damage the plant.
  • Direct sunlight can damage the plant
  • In summer the plant should be kept slightly moist. If the soil is too moist, there is a high risk of mould and root rot.
  • You only need to fertilise twice between March and October.
  • Pruning is possible whenever you want, but is not necessary.
  • The leaves of Pedilanthus have a short life span. The leaves fall off 


The origin of the Pedilanthus tithymaloides is Middle and North-South America, mexico and the Caribbean area.


The only thing what really can happen is root rot or mould, if there is poor care. The plant does not suffer much from pests. If there are pests on the plant, it is wise to fight them as soon as possible with a biological or if desired a chemical pesticide.

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