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Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant)

Scientific Name:

Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant)

Common name:

Basketball, Basketball Plant, Baseball, Baseball Plant, Baseball Cactus, Gingham, Golf Ball, Living Baseball, Sea Urchin










South Africa

Hardiness Zone:

ABout the PLant

The Euphorbia obesa, commonly known as the Baseball Plant, is a succulent native to South Africa. It has an unusual and distinctive shape, with a thick stem that gradually tapers off at the top and resembles a baseball. The plant typically grows up to 10 cm in height and width, with the top of the plant reaching up to 20 cm. The leaves of the Baseball Plant are small and fleshy, usually measuring between 1-2 cm in length. They have a glossy green color on top and are grayish-green underneath. The flowers of this succulent are small and yellowish-green in color, appearing from late spring to early summer. In terms of care requirements, the Baseball Plant prefers bright light but can tolerate partial shade for short periods of time. It should be watered regularly during its growing season (spring through fall) but allowed to dry out completely between waterings. This succulent is also very sensitive to cold temperatures so it should be kept indoors or protected from frost if grown outdoors. The Baseball Plant has been cultivated since the mid-1800s when it was first discovered by European botanists exploring South Africa’s Cape Province region. Since then, it has become popular among gardeners due to its unique shape and ease of care requirements.
The Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant) succulent requires bright indirect light to thrive. This means it should be placed in an area where it receives some direct sunlight, but not too much. It also needs some medium light and can tolerate low light conditions. In general, the Baseball Plant should be kept in a spot that gets several hours of indirect sunlight each day.
The Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant) succulent requires well-draining soil that is light and airy. It should be a mix of cactus soil, perlite, and sand in equal parts. The soil should also have a slightly acidic pH level between 6.0 and 7.5 for optimal growth. Additionally, the soil should be kept slightly moist but not overly wet or soggy to prevent root rot.
The Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant) succulent is a great choice for those looking for an easy-care plant. It requires infrequent watering, and should only be watered when the soil has completely dried out. Water thoroughly, allowing the excess to drain away, then allow the soil to dry out again before repeating this process. This succulent enjoys bright light but can tolerate some shade, making it a great addition to any home or office.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant) succulent is low to moderate. This plant prefers a dry climate and does not require high levels of humidity. However, it's important to keep the soil slightly moist and mist the leaves occasionally. This will help keep the plant healthy and happy!