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Euphorbia lactea cristata

Euphorbia Lactea 'Cristata'

Crested Euphorbia, Coral Cactus, Crested Elkhorn

Euphorbia is an aggressive succulent of bar-shaped ordered in a cyclical fold up the pattern. The components are green and attractively, and irregular in shape with lime green colour.

Origin:Euphorbia Lactea Cristata is a crested form of Euphorbia lactea. Usually found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, India


Euphorbia lactea or Cristata (Cristata is Latin for “crested.”) Euphorbia lactea is usually a leafless shrub, a cactus-like succulent plant. This plant grows approx 15 feet in height when free from bonsai terms. Usually, as a houseplant, it grows in size approx 1 to 2 foot. In summer, some leaves show but soonly leaving the plant leafless. Euphorbia lactea doesn’t tolerate cold, and flowering is also are in this plant. When this plant is injured, a toxic milky latex will manifest in the injury area, which will affect animals and humans as a poison.

Euphorbia Lactea 'Cristata' Common Care and Propagation

How to Care Euphorbia Lactea Cristata?

Euphorbia’s is user-friendly to care .these plants need some care of protecting and growing once they are self-sufficient. If we avoid watering to it, they die from the neglect from the roots .well-draining soil should be suitable for euphorbia lactea and needs lots of sunlight. Succulents cannot handle wet soil.

Euphorbia does not tolerate long periods of drought conditions in the ground. Do not let the earth in moisture. Let it dry and water frequently in summer .watering deeply can cause root rot and feed with fertilizer to plant the hole. These succulents will grow from the bean, and it is tough to bump. Trim the plant to propagate.

Watering Euphorbia Lactea Cristata

Euphorbia lactea is a friendly plant to manage. The hot and dry weather is suitable for Lactea. It gives you moisture to your succulent. Avoid water deeply in the soil. It may cause rooting rot problems for gardeners that live in a more humid climate.

Read more: Master Guide for Watering Succulents

Light Needs for Crested Euphorbia

Crested Euphorbia will enjoy under sunlight. However, it needs shadow sometimes. They grow indoors if the climate is warm enough; remember it burns fast over a period when it cannot fix sunburn damage.

Soil And Temperature

Euphorbia lactea will not tolerate wet Soil. This plant does its best in well-drained Soil while providing enough sunlight. However, this plant hates moist Soil, but you need to water in the summer season frequently while maintaining the Soil dryness—accordingly, less watering in winter months.

This plant is well suited for dry regions. However, it has adapted itself to dry areas; that’s why this plant appeared in tropical and sub-tropical regions globally. This plant happily grows in continents of Asia, west-indies, Florida and other torrid zones globally.

Propagation for Euphorbia Lactea ‘Cristata’

It is not easy to propagate Euphorbia lacteal Cristata. It possible for growing only skilled people can do it if you must prepare is very tough. It is not easy to find out the seeds in the germinating process. Best time to propagate during the summer season, plant growing actively It affects the toxic nature; it can irritate that effect exposed to take proper precautions and wear before handling. Propagation should take place from a healthy rootstock on the plant.

Pest Problem with Euphorbia Lactea Cristata

Pest problems will occur when we pour excess water. The bugs will attract the water. It is always easy to find the right balance; not watering and too much watering can cause root damage, always check the soil before you water. Good plant hygiene should maintain healthy plant, decaying plant material.

Wet soil sets up the perfect environment for various problems, including pests and fungus and bacteria. If you identify the bug’s infection in the early stage pests, then we can survive the plants. Later we should wash the succulents and Re-pot.

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Pradeep works as a gardener since 2015; currently, he worked as a blogger at He loves to write about succulents and many other unusual plant care and propagation tips.