The crown of thorns prefers it hot, dry and sunny. These are one of South Florida’s most drought-tolerant plants. They flower all year long. With so many colors like red, yellow, pink, salmon, and white you are sure to find one you like. Wear gloves anytime you trim to avoid the thorns and the milky sap.
Crown of Thorns Specs
Some hybrid varieties will grow as large as 3 feet, but you can keep them at 2 feet tall. Other varieties can be kept 1 to 2 feet tall. The are slow growers that love full to part sun. They can be cold sensitive. All varieties are considered deer-resistant.
Crown of Thorns Care
They prefer regular watering, but give them time to dry out between waterings. If they do not receive enough regular water they may look leggy. Fertilize with a granular fertilizer 3 times a year. Feed them with bone meal to promote more flowering. There is no need to amend the soil when you plant. They will not need much trimming. You will want to trim in the warmer summer months so the cutting area does not get damaged by the cold.
Crown of Thorns Spacing
Large varieties will require 2 feet of spacing. Some small varieties can be planted as close as 1 to 1-1/2 feet apart. Come out at least 2-1/2 feet if you are planting next to the house. As long as they get enough sun you can plant then in containers.
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