How to Care for a Euphorbia Ingens Plant

The Euphorbia Ingens is a plant that is often found in various indoor settings. Don’t know what we are talking about? Well, continue reading to find out about it.

Euphorbia Ingens Common Name

Euphorbia Ingens Common Name

The Euphorbia Ingens is sure a popular plant, but its popularity is based on another of the plant’s names. Yes, the Euphorbia Ingens is the very popular Candelabra tree that is often found in different households and other interior settings.

In some places, the Euphorbia Ingens plant is also referred to as the Naboom.

Euphorbia Ingens Cactus

Euphorbia Ingens Cactus

Often mistaken for a Cactus, the Euphorbia Ingens is a tropical plant native to the dry regions of South Africa. Instead, the euphorbia Ingens is succulent. The plant looks very similar to a Cactus and thus is often referred to as the Euphorbia Ingens Cactus.

The Euphorbia Ingens Cactus is also often referred to as the Euphorbia Cowboy Cactus, Euphorbia Candelabra Cactus or the Good Luck Cactus, further drawing the illusion of the plant being a Cactus.

Euphorbia Indoor Plant

Euphorbia Indoor Plant

The Euphorbia Ingens/Candelabra Tree is a succulent that grows on to develop into a short tree with a thick trunk and dark grey bark. The stems of the plant, in the growing stage, make the plant look very similar to a Cactus.

The Euphorbia Candelabra can usually grow up to a height of 12 meters, but can also be grown to a manageable height when planted indoors. It belongs to the plant family of Euphorbiaceae and produces a milky sap that can prove to be toxic when contacted.

The Candelabra tree also produces the beautiful Euphorbia Ingens flower that generally blooms during the autumn season. These tiny flowers are a greenish-yellow colour and take on the shape of a 3-lobed capsule. To ensure that your Euphorbia Ingens indoors blooms, take proper care of the plant.

While placing Euphorbia Ingens indoors, make sure that you take up good maintenance around the plant. Make it known that the plant is poisonous and thus, should not be handled without gloves by anyone. Take special care, if you have kids or pets around as the sap of the plant if contacted, can cause severe toxic reactions.

Euphorbia Ingens Uses

Euphorbia Ingens Uses

Though a rather dangerous plant to be around, the Euphorbia Ingens uses are numerous. Here, have a look at some of the euphorbia Ingens uses.

  • The proper use of the Euphorbia plant can successfully cure ulcers. Some people belonging to Sotho and Venda also believe that the plant is a cure for cancer.
  • The stems of the Candelabra tree are used by many people while fishing. It aids in the process of fishing by helping to poison the fish.
  • The tough and light wood of the Euphorbia Ingens plant also has certain uses. It is used in the preparation of boats, doors and planks.

Euphorbia Ingens Growth

Euphorbia Ingens Growth

The euphorbia Ingens can easily be planted indoors. Here’s a step-by-step guide on planting a Euphorbia Ingens Candelabra tree all by yourself.

  • Fill the planter with some well-draining and good quality potting soil.
  • Gently place the plant or cuttings into the soil, covering the roots completely with soil.
  • Next, water the plant and place it in a sunny spot.

The Euphorbia Ingens growth rate is pretty normal, growing mature in just around a decade.

Candelabra Tree Adaptations

Candelabra Tree Adaptations

Just planting the tree is never enough. You also have to take proper care of the tree, including adherence to all its requirements, to ensure that the plant remains healthy and produces blooms.

The first step in Euphorbia Ingens is ensuring that you choose the right planter for the plant. Choose a container that fits the plant just right and is neither too big nor too small. Ensure that the planter has enough drainage holes to successfully flush out all the extra moisture from the soil.

Another important step is making sure that you choose the right soil for the plant. Always ensure that you use some good quality potting soil for the Euphorbia Ingens, and even for other plants. For better Euphorbia Ingens care, make sure that the soil is a mixture of one part loam, one part peat moss and two parts coarse sand. You can also add some amount of gravel to the soil mixture to encourage the draining capability of the plant.

The plant loves being out in the full sun and is a sucker for warmth. Given that the plant grows in dry regions around the world, it is pretty normal for the plant to be tolerant of the direct rays of the sun. Thus, it is advisable to place the plant in such a spot that receives sunlight for most of the day. You can easily place a Euphorbia Ingens indoors by a west-facing or a south-facing window.

This is yet another factor that accounts for its regular assumption of being a kind of Cactus- the water requirements of the plant. Being succulent, the Euphorbia Ingens can easily survive long periods of drought. In the summers, the pant requires watering just once in two weeks or so. As the weather gets colder, the plant can do pretty well with being watered just once a month. Avoid over-watering at all costs.

The perfect temperature range for a Euphorbia Ingens to thrive in is between 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant favours warm temperatures and cannot withstand extremely cold temperatures, or frosts. The Euphorbia Ingens will most likely die if placed in a room that has a temperature below that of 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fertilizing needs of the Euphorbia Ingens Candelabra tree are pretty manageable. The plant does not require feeding as often as other general houseplants do. Only fertilize the plant, with a 10-10-10 NPK formulation, during the spring season. Make sure that the fertilizer you use is a diluted liquid solution.

Euphorbia IngensMarmorata

Euphorbia IngensMarmorata

Also known as the Ghost Euphorbia, the Euphorbia IngensMarmorata is a beautiful plant. Native to South Africa, the Euphorbia IngensMarmorata too, is mostly referred to as a Cactus but is just a succulent that can grow just around 50 centimetres tall. The Ghost Euphorbia is also known as Euphorbia Ingens Variegata and thrives best when neglected. This plant is too toxic and poisonous to never be handled with bare hands.


Here we have answered some FAQS to help you learn more about the Euphorbia Ingens plant.

How fast does Euphorbia Ingens grow?

The Euphorbia Ingens plant grows at a very steady rate. The plant completes its growth process only around a decade or so.

How do you care for Euphorbia candelabra?

To care for a Euphorbia Candelabra, place it in a sunny spot and water it once in a fortnight or so. Ensure that the plant is placed at a temperature around 74 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are candelabra trees poisonous?

The Candelabra tree produces a sap that is poisonous when contacted. It can cause severe reactions in both humans and animals and thus, should not be handled bare hands.

Is Euphorbia Ingens a succulent?

Yes, the Euphorbia Ingens is succulent. It stores water in its juicy trunk and requires little care to thrive. The plant can also thrive in long periods of drought.

Does the Euphorbia plant cause cancer?

There is no such proof of whether the Euphorbia plant causes cancer or not.

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