Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae – Succulent plants

Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae - Succulent plants

Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae is a small succulent with a quite a roughly spherical or oval fat base (caudex). The caudex is up to 5 cm, topped with several erect branches and spirally arranged leaves creating an almost animated appearance. It eventually becomes a small shrubby bush up to 25 cm over time. Stems are up to 20 cm long, branched mostly from the base, covered with prominent brown abscission leaf-scars. The leaves are thick, colored in shades of green, brown and copper, wavy, their edges curled up, spirally arranged at the end of branches, up to 5 cm long and up to 1 cm wide, variable in size and shape. The leaf margin waviness depends on growing conditions especially water availability and intensity of exposure to sunlight. Flowers are bell-shaped and greenish-pink in color.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Euphorbioideae
Tribe: Euphorbieae
Subtribe: Euphorbiinae
Genus: Euphorbia

Scientific Name: Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae Rauh & Petignat

Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae

How to grow and maintain Euphorbia suzannae-marnierae:

Light:
It prefers full to partial sunlight. Provides good sunlight at least 3-5 hours of the day, and turn it regularly so that your plant doesn’t begin to grow lopsided.

Soil:
It grows well in well-draining, gritty soil or cactus potting mix. They are not particular about soil pH, but they cannot tolerate wet soil.

Water:
You can allow the soil to dry out between each watering. Before watering the plant 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.

Temperature:
It prefers an optimal temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 16 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius.

Fertilizer:
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.

Propagation:
It can be easily propagated by cuttings. Take cutting in spring, which needs to be dried out for a couple of weeks in shade before potting. This can be tricky, because of the exuding sap. Rooting hormone is recommended with Euphorbias. Also can be propagated from seed, but they can be difficult to germinate.

Pests and Diseases:
Euphorbia may be susceptible to mealybugs, scale insects, occasionally spider mites.

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