Where does succulent come from?
The natural habitat of Euphorbia punicea is in Jamaica.It grows commonly in the mountains in semi-arid areas on rocky almost pure limestone soils in full sun.
What succulent looks like?
Amaican poinsettia (Euphorbia punicea) is a remarkably fine species of euphorbia (spurge) relative of the common Christmas Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). The leaves are dark green, normally evergreen, but seasonal drought and cool temperatures can cause foliage to temporarily drop away. This is a handsome growing plant independently of the beauty of its flowers. The foliage is of a peculiar light green and is thickly set on magnificent light coloured stems.
How to grow succulent?
Euphorbias need well-draining soil and lots of sunlight. They are not particular about soil pH, but they cannot tolerant wet soil. Unlike most succulents, Euphorbia does not handle long periods of drought well. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water whenever the soil is dry several inches below the surface. Water deeply, but don’t let them sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot. Add some organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole. If you are growing them in containers or your soil is poor, feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly.
How to take care succulent?
Only downside is from strong winds, best to plant in such a location where winds are not a big issue.They are susceptible to fungal diseases. Wet soil causes root and stem rot, especially during winter months. Pests include whitefly, scale insects, and mealybugs. Often the scale insects and mealybugs are brought in and protected by ants. Spider mites can also can damage to leaves.
All Euphorbias contain a white sap that can be irritating to eyes and mucous membranes. If contact is made with this white sap, take care to not touch face or eyes before washing hands with soap and water.