Although they look like cacti, African Milk Trees are actually succulents! They are easy to care for and grow really quickly so you’ll fall in love with this plant in no time…
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.
I grow best in pretty dry environments so don’t try and increase the humidity.
I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.
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The ideal environment for African Milk Trees is bright but indirect light. They can tolerate some direct light but you want to be careful this doesn’t burn the plant.
It’s important that you leave enough time between waterings for the potting mix to dry out fully. African Milk Trees are sensitive to root rot so you don’t want the potting mix to be too soggy.
You don’t need to worry too much about hotspots with African Milk Tree as they thrive in warm temperatures. Make sure that you keep them away from cold drafts as the cool air will be damaging to the plant.
As African Milk Trees are succulents, you will want to keep the humidity level low and never mist the tree. This can cause the leaves to become soft and mushy.
If you do choose to feed your African Milk Tree then use a water-soluble fertiliser at weak strength a few times during the warmest months of the year.
It really couldn’t be easier to propagate an African Milk Tree. All you need to do is take a cutting and leave it for a few days to let it callous. Then pot into succulent potting mix and it will start to grow roots.
Make sure to wear gloves when propagating your African Milk Tree as the sap can cause skin irritation.
Keep your African Milk Tree well away from pets or children as they are toxic and can cause skin and stomach irritation.
The sap is also toxic to wear gloves when handling your plant.
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
It is totally normal for your African Milk Tree’s leaves to fall off, it’s simply the natural process of the plant ageing. They will regrow quickly so don’t worry!
If the stems of your African Milk Tree are soft and brown then this indicates that your plant has been overwatered. Replace the potting mix if waterlogged and cut back on how much you water your plant moving forward.
If the stems on your African Milk Tree have become dry and crispy then your plant may be receiving too much direct sunlight or not enough water.
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