Euphorbia Geroldii (Thornless Crown of Thorns)

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The Euphorbia Geroldii shrub – the Thornless Crown of Thorns (minus the thorns) – is known to be a unique species of semi-succulent. From the Euphorbiaceae succulent family, the Euphorbia Geroldii is one of the easiest and least-demanding plants to own. Whether you’re just starting your gardening journey or you’ve been on track with it got some time now, you can’t go wrong with owning a Euphorbia Geroldii.

Other NamesGerold’s Spurge, Thornless Crown of Thorns (source)
SunlightA reasonable amount of direct, bright sunlight (4-6h per day), whether indoors or outdoors
WateringTypically, water this plant like most of the succulents (resource)
TemperatureThis succulent prefers warm temperatures, ranging between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) during the day and not falling below 50°F (10°C) during nighttime. Protecting this plant from the frost is essential, so at least keep it indoors during winter. However, a temperature below 10°C is not ideal for Euphorbia Geroldii.
SoilPrefers a well-draining standard succulent soil.
PropagationThe cutting method.

This beautiful shrub features delicate flowers similar to the shape of a saucer, with an alluring hue of a vibrant red that will appeal to the eye. Other features of this plant include nature-green leaves and solid and smooth stems, where the “thornless” portion of the plant’s supplementary name comes into play.
As you’ve known, these Euphorbia Geroldii shrubs are just one of the best beginner plants. However, suppose you’ve never owned a succulent before now. In that case, you’re probably questioning what needs your Euphorbia Geroldii will need to remain healthy and live a long life. Not to worry, there are only very few needs to consider, and this article will introduce you to a more in-depth look into those needs and how you can help your Euphorbia Geroldii flourish. Enjoy!

Euphorbia Geroldii Care Guidelines

#1. Best Time To Plant

Euphorbia Geroldii is recommended to be planted during the warmer spring months when the temperatures are more generous. This shrub does not do well in colder temperatures (refer to ‘Recommended Temperatures’ for specifications).

#2. Preferred Soil

Due to the semi-succulent Euphorbia Geroldii shrub, it prefers a nutrition-packed and well-draining gardening soil instead of a basic mixture. This is because succulents are prone to quickly experiencing drought and root rot issues from the water packed into the ground.

The Semi-Succulent Shrub 'Euphorbia Geroldii'
Photo by @ref_garden via Instagram

#3. Sunlight Safety

Euphorbia Geroldii shrubs thrive in a reasonable amount of sunlight, indoors or outdoors. However, that doesn’t apply as much in this case. Direct sunlight tends to be harsh and potentially harmful to some succulents as they are delicate plants.

#4. Healthy, Safe Watering Habits

As important as all the remaining care guidelines, your watering habits for your Euphorbia Geroldii are the most important to focus on. As mentioned, these shrubs, like all succulents, are more likely to experience root rot and drought. This means the said plant owner should use the correct soil mixture and only water the shrub when the soil is mostly dried. Moreover, ensure you water the plant entirely side-to-side and allow the excess water to drain through the bottom.

Tips for Potentially Using Fertilizer For Euphorbia Geroldii

For many plant owners, using fertilizer is a complete option as some soils (along with the natural sunlight) provide the succulent with quite a bit of nutrients. While that belief is partially true, sometimes providing your Euphorbia Geroldii with occasional fertilizer can be highly beneficial. Fertilizer should primarily be considered if/when your Euphorbia Geroldii experiences root rot, repotting, propagating, or any possible diseases or infestations. Therefore, we recommend Euphorbia Geroldii owners the low-nitrogen fertilizer.

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Propagating A Euphorbia Geroldii Semi-Succulent Using Trimmings

propagating your Euphorbia Geroldii
Photo by @arek1380 via Instagram

Step 1: Before propagating your Euphorbia Geroldii, it’s essential to establish the best time. For instance, propagating this shrub is recommended during the warmer temperatures, in the spring or summer months. Thus, colder temperatures are more likely to shorten the life of the propagated cuttings.
Step 2: Choose which portion you’d like to trim off. The trimming you choose should have no diseases and be healthy.
Step 3: Using cleansed gardening shears or a knife, trim the chosen portion about two inches from the stem’s base and/or the end. Rinse the trimming and allow time for the trimming to air dry thoroughly.
Step 4: Make sure you’re using the correct gardening pot, sand, and soil (both well-draining products), plant the trimming in the new gardening pot by tightly securing it standing upwards in the center of the ground.

Final Words

Above is what I know about Euphorbia Geroldii. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comment section below! Thank you for visiting Succulent City in this article! I hope to see you around soon.

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