Euphorbia ammak 101: Care and Propagation Simplified

Have you ever laid eyes on a plant that looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book? Well, get ready to meet the Euphorbia ammak – a wacky, arm-branching succulent that’s sure to be the star of your garden! This unique plant, native to the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, goes by many names like “Desert Cactus” and “African Candelabra”. With its ribbed, spiky stems radiating out like tentacles, it’s a living sculpture that will grab everyone’s attention.

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Euphorbia ammak Care Guide

Here’s a look at the Euphorbia ammak care and propagation guide.


The Euphorbia ammak thrives in direct sunlight – we’re talking at least 6 hours per day! If you live in an area with intense afternoon sun, you may need to provide some shade during the hottest part of the day to prevent scorching. For indoor Euphorbias, place them near a sunny south-facing window or use a quality grow light designed for succulents.

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From spring through fall, when your Euphorbia is actively growing, keep the top 2-3 inches of soil moist but not soaked. Water about once a week, letting the soil dry a bit between waterings. These desert natives are tough cookies and can handle a little drought! In winter, cut back on watering and only hydrate when you see signs of wilting. Morning is the perfect time for a drink so your plant can soak up the sun’s rays.


Like most succulents, the Euphorbia ammak needs a well-drained potting mix. A blend of regular potting soil and sand (mixed 1:1) with some perlite added works great. Or you can use a quality commercial cactus/succulent mix. This ensures the soil doesn’t stay too wet, which can lead to rot.


A light fertilizing during the growing season will keep your Euphorbia ammak looking its best. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer or compost every few weeks from spring to fall. Potted plants may need a bit more food than in-ground ones. If you notice lower leaves yellowing, that’s a sign to add some plant food.

Temperature and Humidity

The Euphorbia ammak likes it warm and dry, just like its native desert habitat. Daytime temps of 70-90°F and nighttime around 55-70°F are perfect. It can handle dry indoor air too, but some humidity (around 50%) is ideal.

euphorbia ammak care

Pests and Diseases

These spiky succulents tend to be resistant to most critters thanks to their toxic sap and sharp spines. But keep an eye out for spider mites and mealybugs, which can sneak in and cause trouble if left unchecked.

Euphorbia ammak Propagation

Want to multiply your prickly plant pals? Euphorbias can be propagated from seeds or stem cuttings. Seeds can be tricky to sprout, so let’s focus on stem cuttings:

  1. Using a clean, sharp blade, cut off a 4-6 inch piece of stem from a mature, healthy Euphorbia. Allow the cut end to dry out for a few days until a callus forms over the wound.
  2. Prepare a tray or pot with a well-draining cactus/succulent soil mix.
  3. Stick the calloused end into the soil and compact it gently.
  4. Place the cutting in a warm, bright spot but avoid direct sun at first.
  5. Wait to water until you see new growth emerging in a few weeks. Then, water sparingly.

With a little TLC, you’ll have a brand new Euphorbia ammak to admire in just a few months! This charming, low-maintenance succulent is sure to earn a special place in any plant lover’s heart and home.