White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata
White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata
White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata
White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata
White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata
White Ghost Cactus - Euphorbia Lactea variegata

Introducing the stunning White Ghost Cactus, also known as Euphorbia lactea variegata, a vibrant cultivar of Euphorbia lactea. While Euphorbia lactea White Ghost is commonly referred to as the "White Ghost Cactus," it's actually not a true cactus. It's a succulent shrub or a small tree from the Euphorbiaceae family. The name "White Ghost" is given to it because of its pale white color and ghostly appearance. So, even though it's not a cactus, it's still called a "cactus" because of its cactus-like shape and the way it's often grouped with other succulent cacti. 

With the thick, fleshy triangular stems of the white ghost cacti, Euphorbia grow upright and branch out as they mature. The stems are variegated with shades of white, green, and sometimes even pink or yellow. Instead of leaves, it has small, spiky thorns or spines along the edges of its stems. These thorns are not only decorative but also serve as a defense mechanism against predators. 

Native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia, with a slow growth rate, the Euphorbia lactea White Ghost cactus can grow up to 6 feet tall in its natural habitat. However, when grown as a houseplant, it tends to stay smaller, usually reaching heights of about 1 to 3 feet. Its size can also be controlled through pruning and proper care. 

The flowers of the white ghost cacti bloom in the spring season with yellow-white or greenish-yellow hues. These flowers may not be as showy as those of other plants, but they have their own charm. The blooms are surrounded by colorful bracts, which are modified leaves that often have a variegated pattern of white, green, and sometimes pink. Together, the flowers and braces create an interesting and eye-catching display. 

Additionally, the Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost' is mildly toxic to both humans and pets with poisonous sap and should be kept away from children and pets because of its potential skin or eye irritation. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the White Ghost Euphorbia lactea has specific watering requirements. It is adapted to survive in arid conditions, so it prefers infrequent watering. To keep your White Ghost cacti happy and healthy, it's best to water it sparingly. In between waterings, let the soil dry out completely.This means waiting until the soil is dry to the touch before giving it a good drink. Overwatering can be detrimental to your Euphorbia lactea White ghost, as it is prone to root rot. 

During the growing season, which is typically in the spring and summer, Euphorbia lactea variegata needs watering once every 2-3 weeks. The soak-and-dry method is the best technique to develop this plant. However, it's important to adjust the watering frequency based on the environmental conditions and the moisture level of the soil. In hot and dry climates, you may need to water it more often, while in cooler and more humid conditions, less frequent watering may be required. 

During the winter months, when the cactus is in its dormant period, you should reduce the watering even further. It's best to water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry. This helps prevent the risk of overwatering and allows the cactus to rest during its dormant phase.

Remember, it's always better to underwater than to overwater the White Ghost. This resilient succulent plant can tolerate periods of drought, but it does not tolerate excessive moisture well. So, be sure to observe the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Light Requirements

When it comes to growing the White Ghost Cactus indoors, it thrives in bright, indirect light. Place this potted plant near a window that receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day. However, be cautious of placing it in direct sunlight, especially during the intense afternoon sun, as it can scorch the delicate succulent. If you notice your white ghost succulent stretching or becoming pale, it may be an indication that it needs more light. In that case, you can consider supplementing its light with a grow light to ensure it gets the necessary brightness.

If you are growing the White Ghost plant outdoors, this Euphorbia lactea variegata needs full to partial sun, which helps the plant grow properly. It can tolerate and even enjoy direct sunlight for several hours a day. Find a location in your garden or on your patio that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Just make sure to acclimate your Euphorbia white ghost gradually to the outdoor conditions if it has been indoors for an extended period. Start by placing your Euphorbia ghost cacti in a partially shaded area and gradually expose it to more sunlight over a few weeks. 

Remember, whether indoors or outdoors, the White Ghost appreciates bright light, but it's crucial to protect it from scorching sun rays. By providing the right amount of light, you'll help your White Ghost Euphorbia thrive and showcase its stunning ghostly appearance. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

When it comes to the soil, the White Ghost plants need well-drained soil. You can create a suitable soil mix by combining equal parts of succulent potting mix, perlite, and coarse sand. This blend allows excess water to drain away, preventing the roots from sitting in soggy soil, which can lead to rot. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your white ghost Euphorbia succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil.

As for fertilizing, the white ghost cacti Euphorbia lactea variegata doesn’t require frequent feeding. During the growing season, which is typically in spring, you can fertilize your ghost cactus once a year. Choose a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents. Follow the instructions for dilution and apply the fertilizer to damp soil to avoid any potential root burn. During the dormant period in winter, it's best to avoid fertilizing altogether. 

Hardiness Zone & More

If you are growing your white ghost cactus indoors, it thrives in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F. It's important to keep your Euphorbia lactea variegata away from drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations, as it prefers a stable and consistent climate. So, find a cozy spot in your home where the temperature remains within this range, and your white ghost will be happy. 

If you're growing the White Ghost plant outdoors, it is typically suited for USDA zones 9 to 11. These zones generally have milder climates with frost-free winters and warm summers. If you live in a region with colder temperatures, it's best to keep the succulent indoors or provide protection during winter months to prevent any damage from freezing temperatures. 

In terms of humidity, the White Ghost cactus can tolerate a wide range of humidity levels. It can adapt to both dry and slightly more humid conditions. However, it's important to avoid excessive humidity, as it can increase the risk of fungal diseases. Aim for a moderate humidity level, around 40% to 60%, to create a comfortable environment for your ghost cacti.

Propagating White Ghost Cactus 

To propagate the White Ghost Cactus, you can do it by stem cuttings. Select a healthy, mature stem from the parent plant, cut it just below a node, and allow it to dry and callus for a few days. Prepare a well-draining potting mix, either formulated for cacti and succulents or a combination of regular potting soil and perlite. Insert the cut end into the hole, burying the node in the soil. 

Place the container in a warm, bright location, but avoid direct sunlight. Keep the soil lightly moist but not overly wet to prevent rot. After a few weeks, roots should form from the buried node, and the new plant should be treated as a mature White Ghost Euphorbia lactea variegata. The best season to propagate this variety of Euphorbia is the spring season. 

White Ghost Cactus can also be propagated by collecting seeds from mature plants and sowing them in a well-draining soil mix. Proper moisture and light conditions are crucial for germination, and patience is essential as it may take weeks or months. 

Propagation is a rewarding way to expand your Euphorbia lactea White Ghost collection, but patience and proper conditions are essential. 

The Bottom Line 

Overall, the White Ghost Euphorbia lactea is a stunning and unique addition to any succulent collection. With its pale white appearance and intricate patterns, it adds an ethereal touch to your indoor or outdoor space. This ghost cactus requires minimal care, making it suitable for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts.

Remember to provide it with well-draining soil, ample sunlight, and occasional watering. The Euphorbia lactea White Ghost is sure to captivate you with its otherworldly beauty and bring a touch of desert magic to your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring
Botanical Name Euphorbia lactea 'White ghost'
Common Name White ghost cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Yellowis white, Greenish Yellow
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Globular
Growth Rate slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 6 ft. tall
Native Area Asia
Plant Type Succulent, Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, mild frost hardy, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from Children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of White Ghost Cactus

The White Ghost Cactus is generally a low-maintenance Euphorbia plant, but it can still face some common problems and pests. Here are the most common are: 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest your white ghost and cause damage. To treat them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or apply an insecticidal soap. 

Scale insects: These pests appear as small, brown, or black bumps on the Euphorbia lactea White ghost cactus. They can be treated similarly to mealybugs by using rubbing alcohol or insecticidal soap to remove them. 

Sunburn: The White Ghost Euphorbia prefers bright, indirect sunlight, but prolonged exposure to intense sunlight can cause sunburn. If you notice brown or yellow spots on the cactus, it may be a sign of sunburn. Move the plant to a shadier location to prevent further damage. 

Root rot: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can lead to root rot, which can cause your ghost cacti to wilt and eventually die. Ensure that the soil is well-drained and avoid overwatering to prevent this problem. 

Lack of light: Insufficient light can cause the White Ghost cactus to become elongated and lose its distinctive white coloration. Place your succulent in a location where it can receive bright, indirect light to maintain its vibrant appearance.

FAQs of White Ghost Cactus  

Is the white ghost cactus rare? 

The White Ghost Cactus (Euphorbia lactea variegata) is not considered a rare plant. It is quite popular among succulent and cactus enthusiasts and can be found in many plant nurseries and online stores.  

However, availability may vary depending on your location and the specific time of year. If you're interested in getting one, you can find it here at Planet Desert for sale Online. 

Is the White Ghost cactus poisonous? 

The White Ghost Cactus (Euphorbia lactea variegata) does contain a milky sap that can be mildly toxic if consumed or if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes. It's best to handle this plant with care, wear gloves, and avoid any direct contact with the sap. If you have pets or small children, it's a good idea to keep the plant out of their reach. 

How do you care for Euphorbia lactea variegata? 

Taking care of Euphorbia lactea variegata (White Ghost Cactus) is pretty easy. This low-maintenance succulent prefers bright, indirect sunlight, so find a sunny window for it. When it comes to watering your white ghost cactus, let the soil dry out completely between waterings to avoid overwatering. Use a well-drained succulent mix for planting.  

Keep it in a warm environment, between 65-85°F, and can grow outdoors in USDA zones 9-11. Fertilize it with a diluted cactus fertilizer once a year in the growing season. Remember to handle it with care due to its mildly toxic sap. 

Does the Ghost Cactus flower? 

While the flowers of this ghost cactus (Euphorbia lacteal variegata) may not be as showy as those of other succulent plants, they are small and typically appear as clusters of tiny yellow or greenish-yellow blooms during the spring.  

These flowers are often surrounded by colorful bracts, which are modified leaves that add to the plant's visual appeal. So, while the main attraction of the White Ghost Cactus is its unique and striking appearance, it can surprise you with its delicate blooms as well! 

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Introducing the stunning White Ghost Cactus, also known as Euphorbia lactea variegata, a vibrant cultivar of Euphorbia lactea. While Euphorbia lactea White Ghost is commonly referred to as the "White Ghost Cactus," it's actually not a true cactus. It's a succulent shrub or a small tree from the Euphorbiaceae family. The name "White Ghost" is given to it because of its pale white color and ghostly appearance. So, even though it's not a cactus, it's still called a "cactus" because of its cactus-like shape and the way it's often grouped with other succulent cacti. 

With the thick, fleshy triangular stems of the white ghost cacti, Euphorbia grow upright and branch out as they mature. The stems are variegated with shades of white, green, and sometimes even pink or yellow. Instead of leaves, it has small, spiky thorns or spines along the edges of its stems. These thorns are not only decorative but also serve as a defense mechanism against predators. 

Native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia, with a slow growth rate, the Euphorbia lactea White Ghost cactus can grow up to 6 feet tall in its natural habitat. However, when grown as a houseplant, it tends to stay smaller, usually reaching heights of about 1 to 3 feet. Its size can also be controlled through pruning and proper care. 

The flowers of the white ghost cacti bloom in the spring season with yellow-white or greenish-yellow hues. These flowers may not be as showy as those of other plants, but they have their own charm. The blooms are surrounded by colorful bracts, which are modified leaves that often have a variegated pattern of white, green, and sometimes pink. Together, the flowers and braces create an interesting and eye-catching display. 

Additionally, the Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost' is mildly toxic to both humans and pets with poisonous sap and should be kept away from children and pets because of its potential skin or eye irritation. 

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the White Ghost Euphorbia lactea has specific watering requirements. It is adapted to survive in arid conditions, so it prefers infrequent watering. To keep your White Ghost cacti happy and healthy, it's best to water it sparingly. In between waterings, let the soil dry out completely.This means waiting until the soil is dry to the touch before giving it a good drink. Overwatering can be detrimental to your Euphorbia lactea White ghost, as it is prone to root rot. 

During the growing season, which is typically in the spring and summer, Euphorbia lactea variegata needs watering once every 2-3 weeks. The soak-and-dry method is the best technique to develop this plant. However, it's important to adjust the watering frequency based on the environmental conditions and the moisture level of the soil. In hot and dry climates, you may need to water it more often, while in cooler and more humid conditions, less frequent watering may be required. 

During the winter months, when the cactus is in its dormant period, you should reduce the watering even further. It's best to water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry. This helps prevent the risk of overwatering and allows the cactus to rest during its dormant phase.

Remember, it's always better to underwater than to overwater the White Ghost. This resilient succulent plant can tolerate periods of drought, but it does not tolerate excessive moisture well. So, be sure to observe the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Light Requirements

When it comes to growing the White Ghost Cactus indoors, it thrives in bright, indirect light. Place this potted plant near a window that receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day. However, be cautious of placing it in direct sunlight, especially during the intense afternoon sun, as it can scorch the delicate succulent. If you notice your white ghost succulent stretching or becoming pale, it may be an indication that it needs more light. In that case, you can consider supplementing its light with a grow light to ensure it gets the necessary brightness.

If you are growing the White Ghost plant outdoors, this Euphorbia lactea variegata needs full to partial sun, which helps the plant grow properly. It can tolerate and even enjoy direct sunlight for several hours a day. Find a location in your garden or on your patio that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Just make sure to acclimate your Euphorbia white ghost gradually to the outdoor conditions if it has been indoors for an extended period. Start by placing your Euphorbia ghost cacti in a partially shaded area and gradually expose it to more sunlight over a few weeks. 

Remember, whether indoors or outdoors, the White Ghost appreciates bright light, but it's crucial to protect it from scorching sun rays. By providing the right amount of light, you'll help your White Ghost Euphorbia thrive and showcase its stunning ghostly appearance. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

When it comes to the soil, the White Ghost plants need well-drained soil. You can create a suitable soil mix by combining equal parts of succulent potting mix, perlite, and coarse sand. This blend allows excess water to drain away, preventing the roots from sitting in soggy soil, which can lead to rot. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your white ghost Euphorbia succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil.

As for fertilizing, the white ghost cacti Euphorbia lactea variegata doesn’t require frequent feeding. During the growing season, which is typically in spring, you can fertilize your ghost cactus once a year. Choose a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents. Follow the instructions for dilution and apply the fertilizer to damp soil to avoid any potential root burn. During the dormant period in winter, it's best to avoid fertilizing altogether. 

Hardiness Zone & More

If you are growing your white ghost cactus indoors, it thrives in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F. It's important to keep your Euphorbia lactea variegata away from drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations, as it prefers a stable and consistent climate. So, find a cozy spot in your home where the temperature remains within this range, and your white ghost will be happy. 

If you're growing the White Ghost plant outdoors, it is typically suited for USDA zones 9 to 11. These zones generally have milder climates with frost-free winters and warm summers. If you live in a region with colder temperatures, it's best to keep the succulent indoors or provide protection during winter months to prevent any damage from freezing temperatures. 

In terms of humidity, the White Ghost cactus can tolerate a wide range of humidity levels. It can adapt to both dry and slightly more humid conditions. However, it's important to avoid excessive humidity, as it can increase the risk of fungal diseases. Aim for a moderate humidity level, around 40% to 60%, to create a comfortable environment for your ghost cacti.

Propagating White Ghost Cactus 

To propagate the White Ghost Cactus, you can do it by stem cuttings. Select a healthy, mature stem from the parent plant, cut it just below a node, and allow it to dry and callus for a few days. Prepare a well-draining potting mix, either formulated for cacti and succulents or a combination of regular potting soil and perlite. Insert the cut end into the hole, burying the node in the soil. 

Place the container in a warm, bright location, but avoid direct sunlight. Keep the soil lightly moist but not overly wet to prevent rot. After a few weeks, roots should form from the buried node, and the new plant should be treated as a mature White Ghost Euphorbia lactea variegata. The best season to propagate this variety of Euphorbia is the spring season. 

White Ghost Cactus can also be propagated by collecting seeds from mature plants and sowing them in a well-draining soil mix. Proper moisture and light conditions are crucial for germination, and patience is essential as it may take weeks or months. 

Propagation is a rewarding way to expand your Euphorbia lactea White Ghost collection, but patience and proper conditions are essential. 

The Bottom Line 

Overall, the White Ghost Euphorbia lactea is a stunning and unique addition to any succulent collection. With its pale white appearance and intricate patterns, it adds an ethereal touch to your indoor or outdoor space. This ghost cactus requires minimal care, making it suitable for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts.

Remember to provide it with well-draining soil, ample sunlight, and occasional watering. The Euphorbia lactea White Ghost is sure to captivate you with its otherworldly beauty and bring a touch of desert magic to your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring
Botanical Name Euphorbia lactea 'White ghost'
Common Name White ghost cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower Color Yellowis white, Greenish Yellow
Genus Euphorbia
Growth Habit Globular
Growth Rate slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 6 ft. tall
Native Area Asia
Plant Type Succulent, Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, mild frost hardy, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from Children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of White Ghost Cactus

The White Ghost Cactus is generally a low-maintenance Euphorbia plant, but it can still face some common problems and pests. Here are the most common are: 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest your white ghost and cause damage. To treat them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or apply an insecticidal soap. 

Scale insects: These pests appear as small, brown, or black bumps on the Euphorbia lactea White ghost cactus. They can be treated similarly to mealybugs by using rubbing alcohol or insecticidal soap to remove them. 

Sunburn: The White Ghost Euphorbia prefers bright, indirect sunlight, but prolonged exposure to intense sunlight can cause sunburn. If you notice brown or yellow spots on the cactus, it may be a sign of sunburn. Move the plant to a shadier location to prevent further damage. 

Root rot: Overwatering or poorly draining soil can lead to root rot, which can cause your ghost cacti to wilt and eventually die. Ensure that the soil is well-drained and avoid overwatering to prevent this problem. 

Lack of light: Insufficient light can cause the White Ghost cactus to become elongated and lose its distinctive white coloration. Place your succulent in a location where it can receive bright, indirect light to maintain its vibrant appearance.

FAQs of White Ghost Cactus  

Is the white ghost cactus rare? 

The White Ghost Cactus (Euphorbia lactea variegata) is not considered a rare plant. It is quite popular among succulent and cactus enthusiasts and can be found in many plant nurseries and online stores.  

However, availability may vary depending on your location and the specific time of year. If you're interested in getting one, you can find it here at Planet Desert for sale Online. 

Is the White Ghost cactus poisonous? 

The White Ghost Cactus (Euphorbia lactea variegata) does contain a milky sap that can be mildly toxic if consumed or if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes. It's best to handle this plant with care, wear gloves, and avoid any direct contact with the sap. If you have pets or small children, it's a good idea to keep the plant out of their reach. 

How do you care for Euphorbia lactea variegata? 

Taking care of Euphorbia lactea variegata (White Ghost Cactus) is pretty easy. This low-maintenance succulent prefers bright, indirect sunlight, so find a sunny window for it. When it comes to watering your white ghost cactus, let the soil dry out completely between waterings to avoid overwatering. Use a well-drained succulent mix for planting.  

Keep it in a warm environment, between 65-85°F, and can grow outdoors in USDA zones 9-11. Fertilize it with a diluted cactus fertilizer once a year in the growing season. Remember to handle it with care due to its mildly toxic sap. 

Does the Ghost Cactus flower? 

While the flowers of this ghost cactus (Euphorbia lacteal variegata) may not be as showy as those of other succulent plants, they are small and typically appear as clusters of tiny yellow or greenish-yellow blooms during the spring.  

These flowers are often surrounded by colorful bracts, which are modified leaves that add to the plant's visual appeal. So, while the main attraction of the White Ghost Cactus is its unique and striking appearance, it can surprise you with its delicate blooms as well! 

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