Euphorbia japonica aka PIneapple succulent is a dwarf succulent hybrid bred in nurseries from two plants native to South Africa. It’s comprised of lightly-leaved branches growing from a central caudex, or bulbous root system. This slow grower likes a lot of water in the summer and very little in the winter. As the top of the plant grows, the caudex beneath it becomes a hardened brown stalk.
Native South Africa.
Euphorbia japonica does best in full sun, at least 5 to 8 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure and direct sun.
Thanks to their large caudex Euphorbia japonica are drought tolerant plants. However, for best results in summer months, water fairly often. Don’t let the soil totally dry out. When you do water, the soil should be vaguely moist but not wet. Water sparingly throughout the winter. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly.
Euphorbia can be propagated from stem cuttings. Take great care when cutting these plants as they contain a sap that can be highly irritant if contacted with skin. Allow cuttings to callous for several days before dusting with rooting hormone and placing in soil. Fertilize: These plants do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength.
Approx. 3-4" tall and 3-4" wide. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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