A Crested Euphorbia plant is a succulent species with a unique appearance, making it the perfect addition to any home, indoors and outdoors. Plus, it fits in perfectly when styled with other cacti and succulents surrounding it – it’s almost too good to pass up! Owning this succulent will surely capture the attention of visitors passing through your home. If you have ever seen a Crested Euphorbia, you’ll have noticed it is similar to a handheld fan – quite the exciting shape for a plant! In addition to its form, the succulent has beautiful bright green branches, with the possibility of their color-changing to vibrant pink, gray, silver, and blue hue.
The succulent can bloom some beautiful flowers during the summertime, but it’s essential to know that doesn’t always happen as it is a slow-growing succulent. However, as great as this succulent sounds, there is one major piece of information that every Crested Euphorbia owner should know before caring for the succulent – it’s toxic if pets, children, and adults ingest it. More specifically, the juicy sap is known to be poisonous and can cause exasperation when it comes into contact with the skin. That said, gloves and full-coverage clothing are recommended when tending to your Crested Euphorbia’s care needs and storing the plant out of children’s and pets’ reach.
Read more: What Exactly Is A Crested Succulent?
Crested Euphorbia succulents struggle to root on their own; they essentially need a buddy to help – that buddy is E. Neriifolia. When trying to root a Crest Euphorbia, it’s typically grafted to the E. Neriifolia because the E. Neriifolia can be rooted much easier, combining the two succulents to make one beautiful, strong succulent.
Crested Euphorbia Care
Being a low-maintenance succulent, a Crested Euphorbia care routine is simple to create and easy to keep up with. Even for busy or beginner gardeners, caring for this succulent is a piece of cake – it’s one of the best plants for newer plant owners. However, regardless of the Crested Euphorbia being easy to raise, owners should consider the following care recommendations to keep their succulents flourishing.
#1. Soil for Euphorbia Succulent
The best thing you can do for your Crested Euphorbia, aside from adequately watering it, is to provide suitable soil. These succulents aren’t too picky when it comes to which soil they prefer; however, it’s highly recommended that owners use a gardening mixture with nutrients that is capable of draining the water thus because this succulent doesn’t do well with soil that is too moist, as that will eventually cause diseases such as root rot.
These succulents do well with bright, direct sunlight outdoors or indoors. And while excessive sunlight will not help the plant grow any quicker, it is still necessary and will provide your Crested Euphorbia with tons of great nutrients.
#3. Safe Temperatures for Euphorbia Succulent
Like most succulents, the Crested Euphorbia plant does well in warmer temperatures. This also helps the plant’s direct sunlight – try to avoid the sunlight from coming into contact with your succulent when temperatures are too hot. Owners should transfer the succulent to a gardening pot and move it indoors to avoid freezing during cooler temperatures.
#4. Necessary Watering Habits
As mentioned earlier in the article, Crested Euphorbia succulents don’t do well with soaked soil. Therefore, it’s essential to create a watering routine to avoid that. Watering once a week will work for these plants. However, you can use a light spray if needed. Your Crested Euphorbia should only be re-watered when its soil is mostly dried.
#5. Repotting As Needed Euphorbia Succulent
When repotting your Crested Euphorbia, ensure using the suitable soil needed. All succulents are recommended to be repotted every one or two years unless they need to be repotted before then. There are many reasons to repot, such as infestation, diseases, or even to keep an eye on the health state of the Crested Euphorbia’s roots.
Fertilization for Crested Euphorbia should be done consistently once every two weeks during the spring and summer because the succulent is in its growth period. This succulent should never be fertilized during the winter or fall months. The best fertilizer to use is a liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer, which will need to be diluted before applying to the Crested Euphorbia.
Crested Euphorbia rarely ever needs pruning; however, if the stems or roots rot occurs, it is vital to at least try to prune it to save the plant. Keep in mind that pruning may not fix all cases of rotting. By taking a closer look at the plant, you can determine whether your Crested Euphorbia is beginning to rot. Do the stems or roots appear to be soft and discolored? If so, your succulent is beginning to rot.
To prune your Crested Euphorbia, you should always use gloves and cleanse your shears or scissors before beginning to reduce the chances of the disease spreading further. After depicting which parts of the plant appear to be rotting, gently cut off each damaged or dead area. Make sure you’re removing the entire damaged spot. After pruning, applying fertilizer can be a great way to give your succulent a little boost in its growth.
#8. Common Problems, Pests, & Diseases
Crested Euphorbia succulents attract spider mites, mealybugs, and scales more than any other type of pest. More minor infestations of these pests can be fixed by simply washing them away, while larger infestations will be harder to fix – Neem oil may be needed in that case.
As for the diseases a Crested Euphorbia can develop, the most common ones are mildew, fungus, and rotting roots and stems. These can usually easily be avoided by keeping up on a care routine for your succulent.
How To Propagate A Crested Euphorbia Succulent Properly
Propagating your Crested Euphorbia or any succulent is essential every few years to keep up with the plant’s health status. However, you can also do it whenever you choose to, as long as they’ve grown slightly. Many plant owners question whether propagating their plants themselves is harmless to the plant or whether they should do it at all – for these Crested Euphorbia succulents, one standard technique works best. Any owner can conduct this propagation technique by following the following guidelines.
Step 1 (Tools): Put on gloves and full-coverage clothing and thoroughly cleanse a sharp knife.
Step 2: Carefully cut the shape of a triangle into your Crested Euphorbia.
Step 3: Where you’ve made the incision,
tightly secure your Crested Euphorbia to whichever other Euphorbia succulent you’d like to propagate it with. You can do this using plastic wrap or any other tightening tools available.
Step 4: Place your plants in an excellent location to receive bright and direct sunlight.
Step 5 (Watering): Keep up a steady watering routine, ensuring you’re not overwatering or potentially creating a case of root rot.
Step 6: Once your succulents have been restored together (this should only take a few weeks),
remove the plastic wrap and place your propagated Crested Euphorbia where you’d like.
As you can see, these Crested Euphorbia succulents are among the best to purchase when starting your gardening journey. Being able to partially neglect these plants for several days and still come back to a beautifully grown succulent – how could one say no to choosing one? Not to mention the super simple care instructions this article has laid out for newer owners that make owning this succulent a breeze. Would you own a Crested Euphorbia succulent?
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Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!