Euphorbia obesa seedlings

R70 incl. VAT

These particular plants were grown from seed in the Living Desert Plants greenhouse.

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 

These plants are uniquely shaped among Euphorbia, with a round growth form. They are often called the ‘baseball plant’ internationally. With age, they will begin to elongate and grow into a cylinder shape, but this takes many years.

They have up to eight ridges, with narrow green or purple bands running across the stem. They are diecious, meaning there are separate male and female plants needed for pollination. These plants flower in late spring and summer.

Care Guide

These Euphorbia are not fussy plants and reasonably easy to care for. Due to the fact that they originate from the Karoo, they prefer plenty of light and grow well when given either full morning sun or when grown under 40% shade cloth. They need to be kept in a gritty soil to ensure good drainage, as they are prone to root rot if kept wet. They should get plenty of water during the warmer months of the year, but should not get any water during winter, as they are dormant during this time.

Growing season

Spring and summer.



Only 5 left in stock

Product FAQS

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

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

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.

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