Rare Flowers on Cactus Plant

The rose flowers have competition. With winters becoming chilly and the morning breeze flowing the cactus is a great break from the other dry and dull plants. At its maximum beauty the cactus plant has bloomed quite well. It is an attractive break from the greens as this colour flowers look very good. 

 The plant though has thorns, and really big ones, which are concealed behind the green foliage of bright green leaves looks at first glance like any other plant. The flowers are peach coloured and new flowers start with tiny buds of yellow colour. Later the flowers develop into peach coloured and mature flowers are bigger in size. Flowers on this flowering cactus grow in bunches and never alone.
With no special care this cactus plant is a welcome addition to any garden. Do take care to avoid close contact with the plant as they have thorns which at first glance are not visible. The thick foliage of green leaves cover the stem and this is nature’s way to protect the plant from pests and animals. Care is required only to protect this cactus from butterflies as this is their favorite to lay eggs and the larvae feast upon the leaves and sometimes excessive larvae may even kill the plant. I had almost lost mine last year but prompt care saved this plant.
Also remember to avoid placing this plant on the floor as anyone may be caught unawares by the thorns which are not visible from outside. Avoid placing this plant indoor if you have small children and pets in your home. A window box would be good idea for planting this cactus as you can enjoy the blooms without going too close. I have placed my plant in between the thick foliage of tall palm plants and as the breeze flows this looks very attractive as if a bird with peach flowers is dancing.
Just like any other cactus plants this plant also requires less water and we have to take care of this plant in the rains. Except that if the soil is well draining and the pot porous then there is no problem even in the rains as the extra water will flow.
This cactus is worth for its blooms. Enjoy the winter show!

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  1. What is the name of this plant Plz tell me is this indoor or outdoor

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  2. This is a good luck plant of Thailand and is considered very auspicious. The flowering cactus is not an indoor plant but can grow in partially shaded area, window sill, beware of the hidden thorns!.
    Mine is growing in a place under the sky where it receives direct sunlight for few hours of the day.

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  3. i have one and it is suffering, can i save it..it's leaves are turning yellow and falling off…i keep it in front of an east patio door…it has limbs growing on it, should i repot it or what?

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  4. Hello Missy Bryant, so sorry to hear about the falling leaves, this one needs well draining soil and enough water and sunlight. And grows well in root bound pots, I dont' think you need to repot it when it is growing new shoots, just look for signs of disease or pests. the butterflies love to lay eggs here and the larvae have a voracious appetite! dropping leaves sign is usually roots not getting enough water or over watering.
    Thank you for coming by Garden Care Simplified, hope this helps,
    All the Best! Take Care and God Bless!.
    www.razarts.com

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  5. What IS the name of this plant. Looked everywhere,cannot find it in the whole article.

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    1. Mirek, this is Euphorbia milli, Goodluck plant of Thailand. read more on this here- http://gardening-simplified.blogspot.in/2013/01/euphorbia-milli-crown-of-thorns.html

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  6. Thank you so much for the information. I have a pink one and just bought tiny seedling of dark coral colour. I would love to get different colours. I am in Sydney, Australia. Do you know anybody specializing in Euphoria milli's cultivatin? Thank you very much again> Mirek

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    1. Mirek, you may find different varieties inn plant nurseries, I usually keep on look out wherever I travel for new exotic plants! as also try online gardening websites, plant nurseries , I am sure you will find the Awesum colors in Euphorbia milli!Very beautiful, I love their all year flowering and no hassles attitude!

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  7. Asalamoalakum.Nice article about care of Euphorbia milli.My Euphorbia were flowering bright red when I bought them but now after a few years the flowers are green.What is the reason?The plants are prefectly healthy and bore red flowers last year.

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    1. WalekumAssalam, Euphorbia Milli, flowers in winters and loves indirect sunlight. If there is not enough sunlight the flowers will be weak , small, and will not develop colour. This is the most easy growing and hardly requires any maintenance.

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