The Unique ‘Baseball Plant’ Euphorbia Obesa

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Nature has a lot to offer, and it is not surprising to find ourselves falling in love with different things like animals, flowers, mountains, and plants. Even if you live in the city and have a busy lifestyle, having houseplants is something you may want to consider. Our busy daily lives affect our well-being, and taking good care of plants might help us find balance in everything we do. Some studies already show that having a green environment improves our mood. And having a house plant is an easy fix to have a green environment, even in your own home. Plants improve the air quality around them and help us learn a sense of responsibility. For this article, we will rediscover a succulent called Euphorbia Obesa. Continue reading and appreciate more about Euphorbia Obesa care, origin, and features.

  • Other Names: Baseball Plant.
  • Sunlight: direct, complete, and bright sunlight.
  • Watering: only needs occasional watering.
  • Temperature: prefers warm temperatures.
  • Propagation: easily propagated from cuttings and seeds.

Origin Of Euphorbia Obesa

Euphorbia Obesa is subtropical succulent species of flowering plant from the Euphorbia genus. It is native to Cape Province, South Africa. It is endangered in the wild as it is typically subject to over-collection and poaching. This succulent has only 2 to 3 seeds per pod, making it a more challenging plant to grow. Good thing, it is now widely cultivated in botanical gardens.

Features Of Euphorbia Obesa

People refer to this plant as a “baseball plant” due to its shape. It is thornless and plain. Euphorbia Obesa’s diameter is between 6 cm and 15 cm, depending on its age. It is typical to see young Euphorbia Obesa as spherical and become cylindrical with age.

Instead of having branches or stems, the round structure of this succulent holds water for periods of drought. Euphorbia Obesa also has the name “sea urchin plant” as it resembles it. This plant has green with horizontal lighter or darker stripes. It has V-shape markings, seam like Euphorbia, Obesa is dioecious, meaning a subject only has male or female flowers. Almost all Euphorbia Obesa shows eight ridges on the edges. You also need to be careful when cutting this plant, as the white latex that comes out of it is toxic. You may compare this plant to Astrophytum Asterias, a cactus from Mexico, as they live in similar conditions. This plant is also a perennial, meaning it can live longer than other succulents.

Euphorbia Obesa Care

Ideal Sunlight

Euphorbia Obesa is accustomed to direct, complete, and bright sunlight in the wild. But when you place it indoors, the requirement is it should still get 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. You will know if it is not receiving enough sunlight once its color and pattern change or are lost. With proper Euphorbia Obesa care, it can also grow leggy instead of its cylindrical shape. To avoid these, place the plant by the window or in any location inside your home that is getting enough sunlight.

Humidity & Temperature

Euphorbia Obesa prefers warm temperatures. Avoid planting or placing this plant in places that suffer cold drafts or winter as it will not thrive properly. It is recommended to keep it indoors if you live in an area that experiences winter. It can tolerate occasional temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit if placed outdoors.

Watering Requirement and Soil Requirements

Like most succulents, this succulent is drought resistant and only needs occasional watering. Water your Euphorbia Obesa when the topsoil of about 2 inches deep is already dry to avoid overwatering that can cause root rot. You may do this twice a week to ensure that your plant gets enough water. This type of plant requires more water during the spring and summer seasons. Significantly, it doesn’t need much watering during its dormant season. This succulent thrives in coarse, well-draining potting soil. You should plant it in a potting mix meant for cacti and succulents. You may get this type of soil in different garden centers or nurseries. If you can’t find this in the market, you can create your mixture by combining three parts of regular potting soil, two parts coarse, and 1 part of perlite.

euphorbia obesa placed in glass with water
Photo by @rna215601 via Instagram


You may feed fertilizer to your Euphorbia Obesa once a month during its growing season only. It is better to dilute the fertilizer with 50% strength soluble house plant food. Don’t feed it during its dormant season.

Repotting Guidelines

The perfect time to repot your Euphorbia Obesa is when they start to grow bigger than their original pot. Choose a new pot that has an allowance of around 2 cm. This will allow the plant to thrive for a long time in that new pot. It is advisable to do the repotting during the early growing season.

Pests and Diseases

Your Euphorbia Obesa might be prone to pests like mealybugs and scale insects. You can remove the mealybugs using a damp cloth. If the Euphorbia Obesa has problems around the base, you drench it with insecticide. You may use a toothpick or cotton swab to remove them for scale insects. Make sure to pay attention to your Euphorbia Obesa. If you see white furry patches, your plant might be suffering from mildew.

euphorbia obesa in a plastic pot
Photo by @38miya1001 via Instagram

Propagating Euphorbia Obesa

You can propagate your Euphorbia Obesa through seeds and cuttings. Shared below is the step-by-step ways for both propagation method.

Propagation through seeds

  • Propagating through seeds is complex and will take too much time
  • Your Euphorbia Obesa has a fruit that shoots away from the seeds it contains. These seeds are small, round, and light. It can reach up to a few meters out and usually have a uniform spread
  • If you propagate through seeds manually, sow enough seeds in sandy loam soil. Using a proper well-draining ground helps a lot for your plant
  • You may ensure to keep it in a place with a high level of humidity

Propagation through cuttings

  • Euphorbia Obesa is usually propagated by decapitating the plant in the soil
  • Once the new baby Euphorbia Obesa offset emerges, it can be carefully cut off
  • You will need to replant it on a proper coarse or succulents potting mixture
  • Euphorbia Obesa is a quite-growing plant and can take up at least eight years before blooming and producing flowering plants


Final Words

We hope you are now ready to get your new plant baby by reading this article. We understand that having a plant still takes responsibility, but Euphorbia Obesa and other succulents make your planting adventure easier. With this article, we learned that this is an easy-to-grow plant. A watch-out point for this plant is that it produces white poisonous latex when cut off. Another essential thing to remember about your Euphorbia Obesa is that it is hard to propagate through seeds. It is better to bear it through offsets.

If you are looking for a new plant to add to your existing house plants, we hope that you were able to appreciate Euphorbia Obesa better. It is a unique and beautiful succulent that captures the eyes of many plant lovers. Euphorbia Obesa’s cylindrical shape is not just beautiful but also keeps the plant alive during drought periods. We hope that you were able to find something beautiful and worth keeping about this plant. If you are looking for an easy-to-grow plant that can add character to your place, Euphorbia Obesa might be the perfect plant for you.

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