How to Care for and Cultivate Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata

The fleshy stems of Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata come in various colors depending on the variety, such as dark purple-red, milky white, light yellow, as well as variegated with borders and patterns.

The characteristics of Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata are quite unstable, often experiencing color variations during cultivation. For example, dark purple-red fleshy stems may grow white or yellow patches. Sometimes reversion may occur, causing twisted, cockscomb-like stems to grow into cylindrical shapes.

The medicinal value of Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata: it clears heat, detoxifies, promotes suppuration, and reduces swelling. The entire plant contains a milky white poisonous latex. Ingesting it can cause severe poisoning, while contact with the eyes can lead to blindness.

The cultivation method of Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata is not difficult. Simply put, in summer, it should be kept away from strong sunlight, placed in a well-ventilated environment, and watered sparingly but thoroughly. There should be no standing water in the pot, as root rot is likely to occur in hot and humid conditions. When the air is dry, spraying a small amount of water can increase humidity.

Although Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata lacks colorful flowers and lush foliage, its cockscomb-like fleshy stems resembling mountains and rocks make it unique among various green plants. In home decoration, especially in the living room, which is relatively spacious, greenery is essential. Choosing a pot of Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata with an antique shape is particularly suitable.

The Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata cultivated in greenhouses is usually grafted. Spring, early summer, and autumn are the best seasons for planting Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata. The specific method involves cutting the fleshy stems into small pieces, ensuring each piece has a growing point. Then, using a Bacopa whip with good medium to long growth as the rootstock, grafting is carried out by side grafting or wedge grafting. Generally, newly grafted Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata' f. variegata should be placed in a well-ventilated area without direct sunlight for about 7-10 days before normal management.