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Growing a Crown of Thorns?

If I'm planting a crown of thorns plant in the ground. Should I put some planter mix around it or just put it in the ground. What should I fertilize it with and how often?


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October 26, 20200 found this helpful
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Euphorbia Milii- better known as Crown Of Thorns or Christ Thorn. These plants are hardy in zones 10 and above. Requires full sun and very warm/hot temperatures when placed outside. Planter mix will be ok , but needs a lot of sun and water to get established. This plant/shrub will need protecting from frost and freeze. Dress the part when planting this. Leather gloves are the best for the sharp spins and sap that often irritate your skin. en.wikipedia.org/.../euphorbia_milii

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful
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The best time to do this is in the spring and not in the fall when winter is approaching. These types of trees need a lot of sunlight and a warm place to grow. If you are set on planting this in the ground now you will need to dig a rather large hole and get some good potting soil to add into the hole first. Now plant this in the ground and cover it with the topsoil. These plants need to be planted in a very sunny location in order to grow correctly. Make sure to water the plant at least 3 times a week but don't soak the ground a good watering is basically all you need. If you have very cold winters you'll need to protect this plant during your winter months. That is why they suggest planting this in spring in order to give it a chance to get established before winter comes.

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October 30, 20200 found this helpful
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First, are you in a warm climate? I would not plant these outside if you are in a location that gets cold winters. You could, but you risk them getting killed off when there are hard freezes.

If you are in a warm climate and can plan this outside pretty freely, they love room (space) and lots of light. I would not bother with any fertilizer.

They are a succulent so not a lot of water needs. Just keep an eye and water as needed.

Keep these ways from kids and pets as they can be very dangerous if ingested.

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September 22, 2015

I gave a crown of thorns cutting to my mother a few years ago, she lives in Florida. This last year black dots have started appearing on the underside of its leaves, as shown in image attached. What is causing it and how would she get rid of the problem?

I don't want it to die out on her. My suggestion was to take it outside and let it enjoy the sunshine, which has been a challenge for Florida this year.

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October 30, 20170 found this helpful
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You either have a fungus or an insect issue. Cut back on the watering and spray with insecticidal soap

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December 6, 2019

I have a large crown of thorns. It's about 3 years old and in a large pot. I know from reading that I've over watered it. The leaves are turning yellow. Is there anything I can do to save it?


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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

A warmer place with sun,less water. It doesn't like drafty areas!

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December 6, 20190 found this helpful

Only water when dry and place in a sunny window.

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December 7, 20190 found this helpful

You can try to remove the soil in the pot and change out the soil to start with. When this is done find a nice sunny window the plant can sit by and only water it once a week or when the soil is very dry.

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

You can try laying plastic and newspaper down on the most even side of the plant and gently tilt the pot to that side.
This will help but If you can, gently remove the pot to expose the soil so the soil can dry. You may be able to save it or at least some parts of it.
Leave it laying on the side for several days as continuous moving may cause shock and do more harm.

Read the information on caring for this plant as it is not as some people think.

www.houseplant411.com/.../crown-of-thorns-plant-how-to-grow...

If you do not already have this item I highly recommend it for using with indoor and outdoor patted plants. All large stores sell these in their garden section.

www.amazon.com/.../B07BR52P26?tag=thrif06-20 (Affiliate Link)

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September 5, 2011

My question is about the plant called crown of thorns. We have these plants in our garden and they look very colorful, but my neighbor said the thorns can cause cancer, meaning if you accidentally touched and were wounded by its thorns it can cause cancer. Is it true? I want to know if I can keep this plant in our backyard or need remove it? Please help me.

By LAR C.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

The plant is toxic and the sap can cause skin irritation, but I don't think it will give you cancer! Many popular garden plants are in fact toxic but people still grow them. If you have small children or pets who might be tempted to mess with the plants you might consider removing them, but it's really up to you.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Love these nosy neighbors with their old wives tales. I have one like that. Many plants are somewhat toxic and can cause skin irritation. It's the plant's defense against predators. A lot of these plants are common in people's yards and houses.

The Crown of Thorns plant has a religious name, and those tend to have stories or superstitions associated with them.

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September 9, 20111 found this helpful

A web search came up with this site. Take a look at it. www.wanapluk.com/.../ Then tell your nosy neighbor that she needs to do some more research. It looks like it might make you itch or it might kill you, but nothing is said about Cancer.

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October 7, 2011

My crown of thorns has black spots on the leaves. What seems to be the problem? Thank you.

By Sharon

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May 20, 20140 found this helpful

Can crown of thorn cause cancer?

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October 22, 2010

My crown of thorns plant is in the ground with full sun. In the past few days at least one fourth of the leaves have turned yellow with black spots.


Can you say why or what happened?

By lin from Stuart, FL

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June 6, 20160 found this helpful

Could be a fungus. Keep the leaves as dry as possible. The plant should be kept on the dry side, so don't water it like your grass.

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I am from India. Can the crown of thorns plant cause cancer? Now a days the news spreads here. Is it true or not?

By anish_j_kings

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