Crown of Thorns


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Help! The leaves of my crown of thorns plants are turning yellow and are falling off. Is this typical for the winter season? I have just started growing these after receiving two plants from a friend who is helping me landscape my new home. They were thriving when I first received them and everyone who saw them did not suspect that I was a novice gardner.
 
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Although it would help to know whether you are growing your Crown of Thorns plants indoors or outdoors - as well as what type of climate you have - I can very definitely say that no - it is not normal for the leaves of these plants to turn yellow and fall off - but not to worry as the reason for this happening is generally only one of two things and both are easily rectifiable.

" Euphorbia Milii " or Crown of Thorns are in general very easy to grow - however even though they are considered to be one of the toughest plants around as they can withstand all kinds of extreme conditions - that doesn't mean that they will always look there best when experiencing those extremes.

As although these are technically a succulent plant - they actually prefer slightly more tropical growing conditions - meaning that although they can withstand long hours of intense sunlight - they actually prefer some light afternoon shade - as well as - very well drained gritty loam based moisture retentive soil - which during the growing season needs to be kept very slightly moist - but saying that - although they are fairly flexible in terms of water requirements - they are at their best if the surface soil is allowed to dry out between waterings and are best kept on the dry side during the winter months - while the plant is dormant.

They also fairly temperamental in that they resent having their environment changed - meaning that the leaves of newly purchased plant may turn yellow and drop during the time it is adjusting to its new home - they do however - providing the growing environment is correct - re-appear once the plant has settled in and got used to its new environment.

So in answer to your question - if you are doing all of the above - the reason for the leaves turning yellow and falling off would be because your plants are adjusting to their new environment - if not then you may need to either adjust the watering or consider moving our plants to another area more suited to their growing requirements :)
 
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Can someone tell me where to get a crown of thorns? I had a huge one and it dried out while I was recouping from the car crash. I am so sad about that because I got that plant from my grand father when he passed away. It was huge and it cascaded so nice. I grew it from one little almost dead leaf. Yes mine would brown and drop leaves in the winter, don't worry about that, water a bit less in the winter and when it warms more, it will fill out again. I never clipped mine back, although my dog did it for me on occasion.

I wonder if I just started watering it again if it would grow?

Okay wait a minute, I just googled the crown of thorns and that is not what I had, mine was like a green cascading succulent. I am certain I was told it was called crown of thorns, now I wonder what it was, no wonder I have a hard time finding things.
 
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I thought that was a type of Starfish? :D
 

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