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Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia milii

Christ Plant, Christ thorn

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The Crown of thorns plant is a succulent climbing shrub. It is one of the rare succulents capable of blooming almost year-round. Crown of Thorn's flower dependably when they get enough light. They're easy to grow and drought-tolerant, preferring slightly dry, sandy soil. This succulent stores water in its thick stems just like a cactus, so it can be watered less frequently than other house plants. If its leaves turn yellow and fall off, cut back on the watering.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 7cm stem cuttings in spring or summer. Dip cut ends in warm water for a few minutes to stop the flow of sap then allow to dry for 24 hours before inserting into barely moist potting mix.

Special features

Pot plant
Plant in a sandy potting mix in a pot large enough to support the plant as it get taller.
Indoor plant
Place in area with high light intensity.
Hedge plant
Effective low hedge to keep to keep intruders out!

Geography

Origin
Africa, Madagascar
Natural climate
Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Euphorbiaceae
Flower colour
Red, pink, yellow or white
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to grey mould, keep well ventilated to prevent mould.

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