Milk Barrel Cactus
“Milk Barrel Cactus” is a green columnar cactus with up to 15 ribs. Spiky peduncles (dried flower stalks) cover the edges of the ribs. The top of the cactus will form a crown of flowers when in bloom. It grows well indoors, and will clump and produce many offsets.
Full sun to partial shade
Can be grown indoors if given enough light
Typical water needs for a succulent. See below for additional information
Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 4″ (10 cm) wide
Zone 12a (Minimum 50° F | 10° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation by offsets
Can be toxic to humans and animals
Actively grows in Summer
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus”
“Milk Barrel Cactus” is a fast-growing succulent that does well indoors or outside. It produces many offsets, clumping and spreading out as it grows. It can grow up to 3 feet tall, although it typically grows only 18″ (46 cm).
Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Do not water in the Winter.
Where to Plant
Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this cacti in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.
Pairs Well With
How to Propagate Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus”
Euphorbia cereiformis “Milk Barrel Cactus” is a quick grower, and will produce offsets that sprout up around the base of the plant. Use care when removing these offsets. Follow the directions in this post to learn how to handle a cactus safely.
Using the tongs, gently pull one of the cylindrical stems away from the main cluster. If you are not able to break it off without pulling up the rest of the plant, use the knife to cut through the stem.
Allow the end of the stem to callous over for several days before placing in well-draining soil.
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