Euphorbia japonica 6.5cm
Euphorbia japonica - Ευφόρβια
Συνώνυμο: Euphorbia cv. cocklebur
Also known as Euphorbia cv. cocklebur, it is a hybrid of 2 species: Euphorbia susannae and Euphorbia bupleurifolia.
Its small caudiciform stem (caudex) in the shape of a pine cone, partially hidden underground, reaches a maximum of 4 cm in diameter, covered by olive green or dark brown tubercles.
Its thin light green leaves protrude from the apex of the stems, forming 3-5 cm long tufts. In the dormant period, this plant drops its leaves to reduce water loss, and then grows them back in the awakening period.
It is a very rare plant, which is highly appreciated by green collectors all over the world for its particular pineapple shape.
- It requires a lot of light throughout the year, however, avoid direct sunlight especially during the hottest hours of the day.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 8 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately and only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce it to once every two months in autumn and to suspend it completely in winter.
- The perfect soil is a highly draining and porous one, for example a mixture of peat and pumice so that it does not stagnate the water.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.