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Care of the plant Euphorbia obesa or Baseball Plant.

Care of the plant Euphorbia obesa or Baseball Plant

The genus Euphorbia, family Euphorbiaceae, includes 2,000 species of succulents, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants of cosmopolitan distribution. Some species are: Euphorbia obesa, Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia mammillaris, Euphorbia leucocephala, Euphorbia lactea, Euphorbia ingens, Euphorbia inermis, Euphorbia horrida, Euphorbia heptagona, Euphorbia handiensis, Euphorbia grandicornis, Euphorbia flanaganii, Euphorbia enterophora, Euphorbia enopla, Euphorbia echinus, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Euphorbia coerulescens, Euphorbia characias, Euphorbia candelabrum, Euphorbia canariensis, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Euphorbia resinifera, Euphorbia regis-jubae, Euphorbia royleana, Euphorbia trigona, Euphorbia bivonae, Euphorbia rigida, Euphorbia handiensis, Euphorbia balsamifera.

Common names: Baseball Plant, Golf ball, Living Baseball, Sea Urchin, Gingham. This species is native to South Africa.

They are small succulent plants with slow growth and globular body that reach 20 cm in height. They are dioecious plants without leaves, without thorns and grayish green with mauve or light green lines. The flowers are very small and appear at the apex of the plant. They bloom in spring and early summer. To obtain seeds you have to cultivate female plants and male plants to achieve pollination.

They are used in pots for terraces and patios, in greenhouses and as a houseplant. In subtropical regions they are grown on rockeries and in cactus and succulent gardens.

Euphorbia obesa needs semi-shade exposure and warm weather. It does not resist temperatures below 10 ºC.

The soil can be a mixture of 50% blond peat, 25% coarse sand, and 25% leaf mulch or topsoil; It can also be a commercial substrate for cacti.

Water moderately in spring and summer waiting until the soil has dried; reduce watering in autumn and do not water in winter.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are sensitive to the excess of irrigation that Botrytis produces; if the heat is very intense they can be attacked by mealybugs and aphids.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring in sandy substrate. They do not usually produce suckers but if they do they can be separated in spring.

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Euphorbia obesa
Euphorbia obesa
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