Coral cactus (Euphorbia Lactea Crest) – Cactus garden
Coral cactus (Euphorbia Lactea Crest) is an ornamental, indoor houseplant. It has Whorls of fleshy, wavy leaves (green, white, yellow with pink, ruby or purple edges) and a green thick stem. It is not a genuine cactus it just gets the name based on similarities which are the stem and it is cared for in a similar way. Euphorbia Lactea Crest is really an African succulent from the Euphorbia genus. All parts of the Coral cactus are toxic and should not be ingested by humans or animals. Keep the Coral cactus plant away from the children and pets.
Scientific Name: Euphorbia Lactea Crest
Common Names: Coral cactus
How to grow and maintain Coral cactus (Euphorbia Lactea Crest):
It prefers full to partial sunlight. Provides good sunlight during at least 3-5 hours of the day, and turn it regularly so that your plant doesn’t begin to grow lopsided.
It grows well in well-draining, gritty soils or cactus potting mix.
You can allow the soil to dry out between each watering. Before watering the coral cactus check underneath the pot through the drainage holes to see if the roots are dry. If so then add some water. Do not water too often to prevent overwatering, that can potentially kill it off.
It prefers an optimal temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 16 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius.
Fertilize every two weeks with a diluted balanced liquid fertilizer during its growing season in the spring and summer. Avoid fertilizing your plant during the fall and winter months.
It can be easily propagated by cuttings. Take cutting in spring, which needs to be dried out for a couple of weeks before potting.
Pests and Diseases:
It may be susceptible to mealybugs, scale insects, occasionally spider mites.