The Tanzanian Zipper Plant ‘Euphorbia Anoplia’

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The Tanzanian Zipper plant, or as it may be better known as a Euphorbia Anoplia plant, is a succulent. This succulent is similar to a cactus in its shape and the prickles it holds on each stem. Each stem also has the appearance of ripples going up and down the sides, which is where the name “Tanzanian Zipper” comes from due to those ripples resembling a zipper. The succulent can often be seen sprouting some small flowers that appear red along those ripples and sometimes at the top of the plant.

Another similarity the Euphorbia Anoplia has to a basic cactus is that they’re straightforward to take care of, making them an excellent choice for first-time gardeners. However, many may not know how to care for succulents or cacti – this article will introduce you to the life of Euphorbia Anoplia and establish the best guidelines for managing your succulent properly. However, before you dive into the Euphorbia Anoplia care portion of this article, there is one crucial thing that all owners of any Euphorbia succulents should know – they contain a poisonous sap that should never be ingested. Due to this, you had better use caution and full-coverage clothing/gloves when handling these succulents.

  • Other Names: Tanzanian Zipper Plant.
  • Sunlight: bright and natural sunlight.
  • Watering: only water when the plant suffers from a disease or the soil is dry.
  • Temperature: 18°C to 24°C.
  • Growth Season: Spring/Summer.
  • Soil: best when planted in a sand-and-soil mixture.
  • Propagation: Easily propagated from vegetation, division, and seeds.
  • Fertilizer: is just an optional factor.

Euphorbia Anoplia Care

#1. Soil Recommendations

This Euphorbia Anoplia plant works best when planted in a sand-and-soil mixture like most succulents. However, any kind will do if needed. In addition to that, the souk used should always be soil capable of draining the necessary amount of excess water.

#2. Natural Sunlight Needs

Bright and natural sunlight makes for healthy growing plants and equips the plant with loads of necessary nutrients for a healthy, long life. That doesn’t necessarily mean that direct sunlight is safe for all succulents, especially these Euphorbia Anoplia. Euphorbia Anoplia needs indirect sunlight to remain safe while still receiving its nutrients. Therefore, you need to place them in a partially shaded and partially lit area. Otherwise, you can put them in indirect sunlight for s few hours and then transfer them to a shaded location.

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#3. Healthy Watering Routines for Euphorbia Anoplia

When it comes to watering your Euphorbia Anoplia, it’s essential to understand what is and isn’t a healthy watering routine and then establish a correct one. Succulents tend to be okay with a less strict watering schedule. For instance, you can water Euphorbia Anoplia only once each week unless they’re dry and it needs more. Speaking of becoming dehydrated, a great way to test when your Euphorbia Anoplia needs another watering is by putting your finger about halfway into the soil. Is that wet? Dry? If it’s still damp, leave it alone for a few days. Otherwise, go ahead and water it again. In addition to that, these succulents will need to be watered even less during the cooler winter months, as the soil will soak up the water slower.

#4. To add or not to add fertilizer?

Fertilizing your Euphorbia Anoplia or any plant is an optional task for owners to take part in. While that’s typically true, using some fertilizer may sometimes become an essential step in your Euphorbia Anoplia’s growth process. It will also provide excellent support for your succulent if it experienced any diseases or infestations! If you’re looking into giving your Euphorbia Anoplia fertilizer, the best mixture to purchase is one with less nitrogen – it should always have more nutrients than nitrogen.

#5. Safety In Temperatures

Euphorbia Anoplia requires much warmer temperatures rather than cooler ones. It’s best to avoid exposing your Euphorbia Anoplia to colder temperatures or frosty situations, as it may harm your succulent. Nonetheless, a small amount of cooler temperatures will not instantly hurt the succulent.

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#6. Best Times to Plant/Grow

Due to being great in warm temperatures, Euphorbia Anoplia succulents are best planted during those warmer months. Springtime to summertime is perfect, especially if you plan to plant them outdoors. However, if you choose to grow them indoors, any yearly time frame will suffice.

#7. Temperature

Your Euphorbia Anoplia won’t survive winter frost. This type of plant should be protected from frost or frigid temperatures. It is advisable to keep your plant above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Your plant prefers USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b, from 25 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Euphorbia Anoplia Propagation

Generally, your Euphorbia Anoplia should be propagated from early spring to late winter. Even when propagating, don’t forget to use a well-draining soil mixture and proper pot to keep your plant healthy. Below are different methods that you can use.

 Propagation through vegetation

  • This is the easiest and most successful way to propagate your Euphorbia Anoplia
  • This propagation involves cuttings. You may do it by several inches of stem with leaves cut
  • Don’t forget only to use clean and sharp scissors or garden shears
  • Allow the cuttings to dry for 2 to 3 days until they are calloused
  • Plant it, and roots should start to develop after a week or so

Propagation through division

  • This involves uprooting an overgrown clump and pulling the stems and roots apart

Propagation through seeds

  • Propagation through seeds is not the most straightforward option. That is why it is not recommended
  • Plant the seed in a well-draining soil mixture
  • Preferred to have this method outdoors, but if you live in a more relaxed area, you may also opt to have it indoors

Final Words

We hope you can better understand Euphorbia Anoplia through this article. This unique “Tanzanian Zipper” succulent adds character to your space. Euphorbia Anoplia is spineless and has this red edge pattern on a vibrant flesh. Another feature that catches the eyes of many plant lovers is the tiny purple flowers this Euphorbia Anoplia produces. Like other plants, when you see your Euphorbia Anoplia bloom, all your patience and time will surely pay off. But honestly, this plant does not need much besides enough sunlight, proper watering, and the correct soil mixture. This article aims to understand better the Euphorbia Anoplia care, features, origin, and propagation, to give you a glimpse of how it feels to have this plant in your home garden.

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