African Milk Tree Cathedral Cactus Euphorbia Trigona Info Care Guide

African Milk Tree Cathedral Cactus Euphorbia Trigona Info Care Guide

Euphorbia Trigona, also known as African Milk Tree or Cathedral Cactus, is a striking and easy-to-care-for houseplant that belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. Despite its name, it is not actually a cactus but rather a succulent. Native to tropical regions of Africa, Euphorbia Trigona has long, slender stems that resemble cacti, but they are covered with sharp spines and leaves that are arranged in a spiral pattern along the stem. The plant can grow up to six feet tall in its natural habitat, but typically grows to about three to four feet in a pot.

Caring for Euphorbia Trigona is relatively simple. Here are some key factors to keep in mind

💡Light Requirements:

Euphorbia Trigona loves bright, indirect light, and can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight per day. However, it can also survive in lower light conditions, though its growth may be stunted.


The plant is drought-tolerant and doesn't require frequent watering. Water only when the soil is completely dry, and be sure to allow excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues.


The plant can tolerate low humidity levels, but may benefit from occasional misting to keep its leaves looking healthy and glossy.


Feed Euphorbia Trigona once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a cactus or succulent fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the winter months.


Fertilizing your low light plant is essential to ensure that it receives the proper nutrients it needs to grow and thrive. A balanced fertilizer with an equal ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is best for low light plants. It is recommended to fertilize your plant every 6-8 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote healthy growth. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to nutrient burn.


You can prune Euphorbia Trigona to control its shape and size. Wear gloves and be careful when handling the plant, as its sap is toxic and can cause skin irritation. Cut the stem back to just above a node, and new growth should sprout from the cut.


 Euphorbia Trigona is generally resistant to pests, but can be affected by mealybugs or scale insects. Use an insecticidal soap to treat infestations.

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