Growing Euphorbia

Latin Name Pronunciation: yew-for'bee-uh 

During the winter indoors, grow Euphorbia in full sun (at least 6–8 hours of direct light a day), keep the soil nearly dry, and withhold fertilizer. During the rest of the year, water when the top 1 inch of potting mix is dry and apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer once a month. Protect your plant from strong summer rays by moving it to partial shade. Like Poinsettia, these Euphorbias contain a milky sap that may irritate sensitive skin.

Some varieties form large, curved thorns that are best avoided. Wear leather gloves and handle plants with tongs if repotting.