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The plant in the photos is the exact plant you will receive. This plant was seed grown in South Africa and is still on its original root system.

Where it grows

Euphorbia obesa is endemic to a small area of the Great Karoo near Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Special features 

This Euphorbia obesa is the highly sought after crested form. Instead of the well known globose shape of the typical plant, the crested form has fan-like and ridged stems. It does tend dichotomize and produce multiple crested stems. This particular plant already has a mature crested stem as well as a newly developing secondary crested stem.

Care Guide

This Euphorbia is not a fussy plant and reasonably easy to care for. Due to the fact that it originates from the Karoo, this species prefers plenty of light and grows well when given either full morning sun or when grown under 40% shade cloth. It needs to be kept in a gritty soil to ensure good drainage, as it is prone to root rot if kept wet. It should get plenty of water during the warmer months of the year, but should not get any water during winter, as it is dormant during this time. Do not water on top of the crested portions of the plant, as this can easily cause stem rot.

Growing season

Spring and summer.

Propagation

Seeds and cuttings.

Only 1 left in stock

Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A chlorophyll deficiency which results in a lack of green pigment.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

A mutation in the growth point which results in the plant growing sideways rather than upwards.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

- Steven S

LDP is always willing to help and their plants are healthy.

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