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Are you on the hunt for a unique and eye-catching plant to add to your collection? Look no further than the Coral Cactus, also known as Euphorbia lactea 'cristata' a unique hybrid of two succulent species. This striking Crested euphorbia plant boasts vibrant pink and purple blooms in the summer and spring, making it a true showstopper in any garden. With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance addition to their garden or indoor space.  

Hailing from Africa, this fan-shaped succulent is sure to make a statement wherever it's planted. However, it's important to note that the Euphorbia lactea plant is toxic for humans and pets, so handle it cautiously!  

Euphorbia plants can probably be successfully grown if you've previously grown any other perennial succulent species. Furthermore, if you are just starting out, you should know that many succulent species can tolerate neglect. In that situation, a coral cactus is a fantastic option for you.   

This drought-tolerant species is low maintenance and easy to care for. These succulents require some initial care, but once established, they are self-sufficient. Contrary to neglect, excessive care and watering often result in the death of succulents.  

Watering Needs 

This coral cactus plant can withstand droughts and doesn't need to be watered frequently to survive. Watering these perennial succulents should be done every 3-4 weeks or when the soil feels dry. Let the soil completely dry out between waterings, and if in doubt, give it a little more time before watering again. Less water is needed if living in a humid location and indoor space. Pay attention to how the plant looks and adjust the watering accordingly. 

Remember that succulents in the desert can go for weeks or even months without water, so water them sparingly during their rest phase and moderately during their active growing season. 

Light Requirements 

Like many other succulents, the coral cactus also requires bright, direct sunlight to thrive. When grown as a houseplant, it should be placed in the sunniest spot in your home in order to receive the six to eight hours of bright sunlight that it needs each day.   

This usually means placing the plant in a south or west-facing window or using a grow light to provide supplemental light. However, it may experience stunted growth, curled leaves, and faded colors even though it can survive in low light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

If you're looking to grow some gorgeous crested Euphorbia succulent you'll need to make sure you have the right soil and fertilizers. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your plants to thrive. As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and potting soil.  

When it comes to fertilizing, remember that less is more. A small amount of natural or organic fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using 100% organic fertilizers also ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil, without the use of harsh chemicals.    

Hardiness Zones & More 

This Euphorbia thrives in warm, dry conditions, making it a good choice for indoor growing. In USDA zones 10 to 11, however, it can also be grown outside all year long. For growers who live in colder climates, an alternative is to grow this succulent outdoors in the spring and summer and then bring it inside again in the chilly autumn and winter. To prevent the coral cactus from going into shock, try to keep the temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). 

Normal house humidity is fine for this Euphorbia, but it prefers drier conditions. By providing your coral cactus with the proper conditions, you'll have a beautiful and unique plant that will thrive for years to come. 

Bloom Season Springsummer
Botanical Name Euphorbia lactea
Common Name Coral cactus, Purslane tree, Candelabra cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, red, yellow
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Crested, fanned
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 915 ft. tall
Native Area Tropical Asia
Plant Type Succulent, shrub
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, disease resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Well drained clay soil
Special Features Showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Diseases of Coral Cactus

Generally, the coral cactus is an easy-going outdoor succulent plant with very few challenges. The most common pests are mealybugs and scale insects, which can cause some white patches or brown spots respectively. If you find any of these pests on your crested Euphorbia plant, don't fret!  

The most common problems are: 

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.   

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant.  

Rot: Overwatering or excessively moist soil may be the cause of this. If you see stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas of the plant and let it fully dry out before replanting.  

Coral Cactus FAQs

How big can a coral cactus grow? 

The coral cactus can grow up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. However, its growth rate depends on various factors such as light, temperature, and humidity.  This is because the coral cactus is a hybrid plant that is created by grafting two different euphorbias together. The combination of the two plants creates a unique and visually appealing appearance, but it also limits the growth potential of both plants. 

Why did my coral cactus turn pink? 

The coral cactus may be turning pink due to stress caused by too much direct sunlight or overwatering. It is important to adjust the plant's environment accordingly and monitor its growth for any further changes. 

Why is coral cactus growing branches and leaves? 

It's not unusual for your coral cactus to begin producing new branches and leaves from the plant's bottom stem if you've had it for a while. This is a normal stage in the growth of Euphorbia, which serves as the coral cactus' rootstock. It may alter the overall appearance of your coral cactus, but it is a sign that the plant is healthy and happy. With a good pair of pruning shears or scissors, you can always cut the branches away if you don't like the way they look. 

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Are you on the hunt for a unique and eye-catching plant to add to your collection? Look no further than the Coral Cactus, also known as Euphorbia lactea 'cristata' a unique hybrid of two succulent species. This striking Crested euphorbia plant boasts vibrant pink and purple blooms in the summer and spring, making it a true showstopper in any garden. With minimal water and full sun exposure requirements, this perennial is perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance addition to their garden or indoor space.  

Hailing from Africa, this fan-shaped succulent is sure to make a statement wherever it's planted. However, it's important to note that the Euphorbia lactea plant is toxic for humans and pets, so handle it cautiously!  

Euphorbia plants can probably be successfully grown if you've previously grown any other perennial succulent species. Furthermore, if you are just starting out, you should know that many succulent species can tolerate neglect. In that situation, a coral cactus is a fantastic option for you.   

This drought-tolerant species is low maintenance and easy to care for. These succulents require some initial care, but once established, they are self-sufficient. Contrary to neglect, excessive care and watering often result in the death of succulents.  

Watering Needs 

This coral cactus plant can withstand droughts and doesn't need to be watered frequently to survive. Watering these perennial succulents should be done every 3-4 weeks or when the soil feels dry. Let the soil completely dry out between waterings, and if in doubt, give it a little more time before watering again. Less water is needed if living in a humid location and indoor space. Pay attention to how the plant looks and adjust the watering accordingly. 

Remember that succulents in the desert can go for weeks or even months without water, so water them sparingly during their rest phase and moderately during their active growing season. 

Light Requirements 

Like many other succulents, the coral cactus also requires bright, direct sunlight to thrive. When grown as a houseplant, it should be placed in the sunniest spot in your home in order to receive the six to eight hours of bright sunlight that it needs each day.   

This usually means placing the plant in a south or west-facing window or using a grow light to provide supplemental light. However, it may experience stunted growth, curled leaves, and faded colors even though it can survive in low light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

If you're looking to grow some gorgeous crested Euphorbia succulent you'll need to make sure you have the right soil and fertilizers. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your plants to thrive. As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and potting soil.  

When it comes to fertilizing, remember that less is more. A small amount of natural or organic fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using 100% organic fertilizers also ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil, without the use of harsh chemicals.    

Hardiness Zones & More 

This Euphorbia thrives in warm, dry conditions, making it a good choice for indoor growing. In USDA zones 10 to 11, however, it can also be grown outside all year long. For growers who live in colder climates, an alternative is to grow this succulent outdoors in the spring and summer and then bring it inside again in the chilly autumn and winter. To prevent the coral cactus from going into shock, try to keep the temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). 

Normal house humidity is fine for this Euphorbia, but it prefers drier conditions. By providing your coral cactus with the proper conditions, you'll have a beautiful and unique plant that will thrive for years to come. 

Bloom Season Springsummer
Botanical Name Euphorbia lactea
Common Name Coral cactus, Purslane tree, Candelabra cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, red, yellow
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Crested, fanned
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 915 ft. tall
Native Area Tropical Asia
Plant Type Succulent, shrub
Propagation By cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, disease resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Well drained clay soil
Special Features Showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Diseases of Coral Cactus

Generally, the coral cactus is an easy-going outdoor succulent plant with very few challenges. The most common pests are mealybugs and scale insects, which can cause some white patches or brown spots respectively. If you find any of these pests on your crested Euphorbia plant, don't fret!  

The most common problems are: 

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.   

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant.  

Rot: Overwatering or excessively moist soil may be the cause of this. If you see stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas of the plant and let it fully dry out before replanting.  

Coral Cactus FAQs

How big can a coral cactus grow? 

The coral cactus can grow up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. However, its growth rate depends on various factors such as light, temperature, and humidity.  This is because the coral cactus is a hybrid plant that is created by grafting two different euphorbias together. The combination of the two plants creates a unique and visually appealing appearance, but it also limits the growth potential of both plants. 

Why did my coral cactus turn pink? 

The coral cactus may be turning pink due to stress caused by too much direct sunlight or overwatering. It is important to adjust the plant's environment accordingly and monitor its growth for any further changes. 

Why is coral cactus growing branches and leaves? 

It's not unusual for your coral cactus to begin producing new branches and leaves from the plant's bottom stem if you've had it for a while. This is a normal stage in the growth of Euphorbia, which serves as the coral cactus' rootstock. It may alter the overall appearance of your coral cactus, but it is a sign that the plant is healthy and happy. With a good pair of pruning shears or scissors, you can always cut the branches away if you don't like the way they look. 

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