Pencil Cactus Firestick
Pencil Cactus Firestick, aka Euphorbia Tirucalli, has slender stems, resembling small pencils or sticks, which, during the cooler months, glow superbly in vivid shades of pink, orange, and yellow when grown in bright sun. It needs very little care and can even be neglected if it is planted and situated correctly.
Pencil Cactus has milky white latex sap that is released when the plant is injured. This sap can severely irritate the skin and eyes to some. Please be very careful to not break any branches when moving this plant. Gloves and goggles are recommended when caring for them. Also, keep them out of reach from Children and Pets. See a doctor immediately when getting into the eyes.
They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.
They will tolerate lower light conditions, but will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be completely dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 4 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. wrinkly or soft leaves). Water a little more often in the warmer months.
Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in a terrarium.
If you want that strong orange and red colouring, make sure to keep them in a warm, bright spot in your home. Avoid watering them too much, less water is better.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.