Coral Cactus Live Indoor Tabletop Plant – Costa Farms
Coral Cactus consists of two words – Coral and Cactus. It is a plant that has two succulent plants. Its botanical name is Euphorbia lacteal Crest. Coral Cactus is native to India and Sri Lanka. The plant is now widely grown in many tropical regions and some sub-tropical regions. The plant is also called Candelabra Plant or Crested Candelabra Plant. It is a plant that features in many cactus gardens. The edges of the leaves can be green, white, purple, ruby or sometimes yellow.
Coral Cactus is a plant that adds a lot of elegance to any landscapes. The plant only grows to about 2 feet high. It can be placed anywhere in a home or garden.
Coral Cactus is a toxic plant. It contains toxins. Care must be taken when working on it.
Planting and Propagation
Coral Cactus is an uncommon plant that is found in pots. But, that does not mean you cannot report it when necessary. Always be on the lookout for inappropriate potting. Transfer to a larger pot so as to give it more room to grow and spread its roots. The plant requires watering especially if it is potted. The plant is well suited for planting in soil either in a garden or in a yard because of it too many roots. When removed from the container, ensure that the root ball is in one part. Then, dig a very wide hole in the soil and put in inside the hole and spread the roots one by one.
Coral Cactus must not touch your skin or eyes. It is a very poisonous plant. Ensure that you wear hand gloves and a pair of proactive eyewear. Put the plant on a high shelf in case there are children or pets around.
Coral Cactus Soil and Fertilizer
Coral Cactus requires the use of cactus potting soil. The cactus potting soil is special for this type of cactus and it prevents the stems from soaking in water. A cactus potting soil has a better drainage than the normal potting soil. Always add fertilizer during its growth time which is usually in the summer, spring or fall.
Temperature and lighting
Coral Cactus is in love with sunshine. It enjoys warm temperature all the time. Its temperature level is not as high as that of the desert cactuses. The plant just needs to be well positioned either directly to the sun or indirectly to the sun at a temperature that is between 65 to 85 degrees. Always increase the light exposure when it is moved indoors.
There is no need to expose it to bright sunlight all day long. Exposing it to sunlight all day long will eventually burn the plant’s leaves completely. Always ensure that you rotate the plant so that there will be even sunlight to all the sides of the plant. If there is no even sunlight exposure to all the sides, the plant will have an uneven growth.
Coral Cactus likes well-drained moist soil. When you check the topsoil by dipping your finger into the soil or using a pencil or a dry stick, and you notice that the soil is dry 5 inches deep, water the soil thoroughly and avoid the foliage when watering the soil. Wet the plant until water starts to come from the bottom of the pot.
Coral Cactus is a plant with so much fascination, but it can be very toxic. The plant releases toxic latex that may lead to eye irritation or dermatitis if it touches the skin or the eyes. It also leads to vomiting or nausea in case it is eaten.