Indian Corn Cob
Euphorbia mammillaris variegata features attractive creamy white and frosty green, along with the darker green coloring of the non-variegated version. The plant forms an erect club-shaped stem,branches freely with lateral offsets, simple and ribbed, may branch above, 5-6 cm in diameter. Mature Height is 20-35 cm tall.
The ribs are with hexagonal crowded tubercles set in vertical rows after the manner of an ear of corn and separated by horizontal grooves.
Leaves are short and ephemeral. produces yellow solitary cyathia (flower) at the tip of each stem.
It is an easy species to grow that is suited for any well drained soil in full sun. But young plant are happy growing indoors, give the plant an airy growing medium which mainly consists of non organic material such us clay, pumice, lava grit, and only a little peat or leaf-mould.
Water regularly during the active growing season from March to September. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the roots. Keep almost completely dry in winter.
The plant become large landscape masterpieces in just 3-5 years. Keep in a location where winds are not a big issue.
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings and desert type landscape
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.
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