How to Care for Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

The Euphorbia Flanaganii is commonly known as the Medusa’s Head or Medusa Head, is a small-sized succulent with beautiful yellow flower, small green leaves, and snake-like branches that spread quickly around the pot. Medusa’s Head plant is native to South Africa but now grown worldwide as it is one of the most beautiful flowering succulent plants and an excellent choice for indoor.

This plant is cold hardy and can survive in the harshly cold climates, even frost as well but only for a short period. It has a very thick underground stem, with a lot of branches above the ground, that can reach up to 16 inches. Unlike all the other succulents this plant cannot survive the drought conditions.

How to Water Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

The Medusa’s Head is a succulent plant, but it has different watering needs.  It cannot survive the drought conditions. This is because it cannot store that much water in its leaves or branches or stem. That is why its watering requirements are different from other succulent plants. Medusa’s Head requires more frequent watering.

Follow the instructions below for proper watering:

  • They mostly need water once a week and before watering check if the pot is dry or not. (Use soak and dry method but do not let it completely dry for long). Water them sparingly and try not to overwater as it can kill the plant by damaging the roots and underground stem.
  • You can create a watering schedule that is according to weather and climate conditions. In winter and cold climates, it requires less watering once in 10 days) and in the hot and dry weather, it requires more watering (once a week).
  • If you notice that their branches are curling towards the center, that means you are not providing them enough water.

Lighting and Temperature needs for Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

The Medusa’s Head plant requires plenty of sunlight to thrive and show maximum growth. Also, the flowering of Medusa’s Head depends on the abundance of light. If it is getting enough light, it will produce more flowers. It needs full sun to partial sun during the winter and during the summer it needs partial sun to partial shade. If you are planting it indoors, you must place it somewhere bright.

The Medusa’s Head can survive in the temperatures under 50 °F (+10 °C), but it needs warm temperatures for proper growth and in cold, they cannot thrive. Mostly they grow well in room temperatures. If you are planting in the cold regions, then you must plant them indoor to keep them warm.

Soil needs for Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

The Medusa’s Head requires a soil that can drain the water quickly. As their roots are delicate and they cannot survive if the water is trapped in the soil for long. To grow them in the pot you can use the same potting soil that you use for other succulents such as cacti. 

The basic components of this type of soil that make it porous (quickly draining) are crushed perlite, pumice, and sometimes the natural plant fertilizers. This soil helps the Medusa’s Head thrive, grow faster, and produce more flowers.

Fertilizer for Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

If you are growing the Medusa’s Head indoor, you might feel that your plant is showing retarded growth. To accelerate its growth in the indoor environments you might need to add some fertilizers. There are two different methods of fertilizing your plant.

The first method is to add some fertilizer in the plants potting soil while planting it and the second method, you create a mixture of water and house plant fertilizer and then you feed this mixture to your plant. Try not to overfeed your plant with the fertilizer as it can harm the plant roots.  

How to Repot Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

This plant shows a fast growth and mostly outgrows the pot within a year after planting it. So, it is advised that you should repot it every year. The best season to repot the Medusa’s Head is the spring season.

First, you need to create the perfect soil, then add this soil to the bigger pot and then carefully uproot the Medusa’s Head from one pot and transfer it into the other pot. Try not to damage the stem or roots while uprooting or planting. Provide it some water and then keep it in a bright place.

How to Propagate Euphorbia Flanaganii (Medusa’s Head)

The Medusa’s Head is easily propagated through division, and the best time to propagate it is the start of spring. First, you need to take cuttings from the mature plant and then let them dry out the latex in them, after that you can carefully transfer them to a new pot. Then provide it some water to keep the soil moist. It is better to place them under sunlight for a few days.  

Growing from the seeds:

The Medusa’s Head can easily be grown from the seeds as well. You need the sow the seeds during the autumn, cover the seeds with the 2-inch layer of the potting soil, and keep the soil moist until they sprout. After that follow, the standard procedure for caring for them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How to propagate Euphorbia Flanaganii?

Answer: There are two different methods to propagate the Euphorbia Flanaganii. You can do this by (1) cutting or (2) by the seeds.

Question: Why is my Euphorbia Flanaganii turning yellow?

Answer: There are different problems that can cause this, such as overwatering, less watering, extreme cold for the long term, exposure to full sun and extreme heat, and bad potting soil, overfeeding of fertilizers.

Question: How do you take care of Euphorbia Flanaganii?  

Answer: This plant is easy to take care of, it needs plenty of sunlight, watering once a week, house plant fertilizer, and good potting soil. You need to provide these things to take care of your plant.

Question: Is Euphorbia Flanaganii toxic to dogs and cats?

Answer: Yes, the branches, stem, and leaves of the plant can be toxic to dogs and cats.

Question: Does Euphorbia Flanaganii die in winter?

Answer: This is a cold-hardy plant and can survive the winter and frost for a short period of time, but long-term exposure to extreme cold and frost can kill this plant.