The Melon Spurge ‘Euphorbia Meloformis’

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Among the various types of Euphorbia plants in the Euphorbiaceae succulent family, the Euphorbia Meloformis, or Melon Spurge, is a smaller, cactus-like succulent. This succulent is a perennial and can reach a maximum height of about 20 centimeters when it’s fully grown. Speaking of healthy growth, you can find out more about what care necessities your Euphorbia Meloformis will need to grow strong and live long by reading further on into this article or by referring to the Euphorbia Meloformis Care portion of it. However, before we dive into those guidelines, let’s finish learning a bit more about succulents.

Euphorbia Meloformis succulents have ribbed-like stems, which are similar to a cactus. These stems appear to be chunky in diameter and have a slight purple lining mixed with the succulent’s natural green color. In addition to that, much like a number of other Euphorbia species, Euphorbia Meloformis do have a poisonous sap on them that is harmful to ingest and can lead to irritation when handled without proper protection. you should use gloves and wear clothing with sleeves when caring for and propagating your Euphorbia Meloformis.

  • Sunlight: bright light, little or no direct sun, should be placed outdoors.
  • Watering: Minimum water use.
  • Temperature: 60°F to 80°F or 85°F.
  • Propagation: easily propagated from seeds and offsets.
  • Soil: prefers thicker, well-draining gardening soil.
  • Flower: small yellow flowers.

Varieties

Euphorbia Meloformis plants have a few varieties, which hold very similar characteristics to the standard Euphorbia Meloformis succulent. These varieties are referred to as subspecies. With each plant having similar appearances, with a round-like form and several lanes of ribs layering down the plant, it can be hard to tell some of them apart at times. Here are the variegations of Euphorbia Meloformis:

  • Euphorbia Meloformis f. Cristata
  • Euphorbia Meloformis f. Falsa
  • Euphorbia Meloformis f. Magna
  • Euphorbia Meloformis subs. Valida

Flowers

During their prime growing season, spring, Euphorbia Meloformis are seen flourishing small yellow flowers from their flower stalks. These flowers add a little more life to the succulent, allowing the plant to make an incredible addition to other succulents or in an outdoor rocky garden.

Euphorbia Meloformis Care Guidelines

You should plant the Euphorbia Meloformis succulents outdoors to ensure that they are receiving the necessary sunlight needed. Appropriate Gardening Container

You should use a pot rather than plant it in a garden. With that being said, you’ll need to keep in mind that this succulent is not very big and the size of the pot does matter. For this succulent, it’s best to use a smaller-sized gardening pot, preferably plastic.

Preferred Soil

Similar to other Euphorbia succulents, Euphorbia Meloformis prefers thicker gardening soil. For reference, a soil mixture for cacti or a coarse sand-like mixture would work great. Keep in mind that only plant these succulents with well-draining soil.

Euphorbia Meloformis Care Guidelines
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Suggested Temperature

The tricky part of planting succulents outdoors is knowing when to move them when temperatures become too cold for the plant’s safety. Given that Euphorbia Meloformis succulents are supposed to be grown outdoors, this is an important part of the care routine to learn about. Temperatures that range from around 60 degrees Fahrenheit to up to 80 or 85 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for this species of succulent. Sunlight Natural sunlight is always a must when caring for any type of plant. Euphorbia Meloformis succulents prefer about 50% natural sunlight and 50% light shade for up to 5 hours per day. To achieve this, while your succulent is outdoors, you can keep the potted succulent near your home or in a shear-covered greenhouse.

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Watering Safely

Being more susceptible to overwatering and the diseases that may follow behind that occurrence, the watering routine you establish for your Euphorbia Meloformis is highly important. This succulent only needs watering once a week or once the soil has dried about halfway. Using a gardening pot with draining holes, along with well-draining soil, will greatly help with reducing the chances of overwatering.

If your Euphorbia Meloformis seems to be drying out quickly before the next weekly watering, it may be a good idea to lightly spray the succulent and the soil with fresh water from a spray bottle. Fertilizer should only be used during the warmer months when the temperatures aren’t too low. Never apply fertilizer in the colder winter months or any yearly time when the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. With that being said, it’s recommended that owners use a diluted liquid form of fertilizer and apply it to the succulent soil once every two weeks.

Potential Pests & Diseases in Euphorbia Meloformis

These succulents aren’t more prone to experiencing pests and/or diseases than any other plants. However, it is possible for owners to notice an occasional infestation of spider mites, mealybugs, or even scales.

Propagating A Euphorbia Meloformis Succulent

Propagation is a simple way to duplicate your succulent, but it also helps owners keep up with the plant’s health.
you can propagate your Euphorbia Meloformis, there are two common (and safe) ways of doing it

  • Using the seeds from the parent plant
  • Using the offsets from the parent plant.

Seed Propagation

This process tends to be much slower than the alternative; however, it is still just as effective.

  • You will need to gather or purchase seeds of you’re succulent.
  • Plant said seeds in a gardening pot with the appropriate soil (refer to care guidelines above)
  • Water the soil once a week and wait for the seeds to bloom into a newer Euphorbia Meloformis!

Offset Propagation

  • Make sure your parent plant is grown enough and has grown an offset before propagating with this method.
  • Cleanse a knife or some gardening shears, whichever you prefer.
  • Carefully snip or cut the offset off of the parent plant.
  • Clean off the offset and set it in a dry place so it can dry completely.
  • Plant the offset in a gardening pot with the appropriate soil (refer to the Care Guidelines above)
  • Water the offset and soil weekly and watch it flourish into a full-grown Euphorbia Meloformis!

Final Words

As you have discovered throughout this article, Euphorbia Meloformis is a low-maintenance succulent that can be easily cared for with just a few simple steps. Hopefully, this read has answered any questions you may have had and provided you with some extra information. Just be sure to keep that poisonous sap in mind when planning your care routine and use precautions such as gloves. Good luck with your Euphorbia Meloformis!

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