Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

It is a shrubby and sun-loving succulent plant from the Euphorbiaceae, spurge family. It can grow up to 2.5m tall and up to 1.5m wide. Its stem colors are bright red, orange, pink, or yellow. This shrubby succulent looks good, but due to its toxic nature, it should be grown outdoor but not be planted near sidewalks.


Details about Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' "Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree"

How to care for Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on fire' is a colorful plant. It looks great with other succulents. But as it is toxic, so you should plant and handle it with extra care. Read more about poisonous succulents.

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Stick on fire' plant is resilient to most pests and diseases. It is salt tolerant and needs less attention to grow. It is deer or rabbit resistant as well.

According to Wikipedia. The milky latex from Euphorbia tirucalli is toxic and is extremely irritating to the skin. Be careful while handling. Protect your hands and eyes especially. It can cause blindness. Skin contact causes very bad irritation, redness, and a burning sensation. If ingested, it can cause burns to the mouth, lips, and tongue. It is suggested to wear eye protection gear and gloves for handling the plant.

Where to plant 'Sticks on fire'?

Euphorbia tirucalli can be easily grown in a container. But you should pot it in a larger container as it grows quickly and you'll need to re-pot it more often. The plant changes colors according to seasons. It shows most colors in the winter season.

'Sticks on fire' plant should be potted in an area that gets about 4 - 6 hours of direct sunlight.

The plant is toxic so it should be potted in a place where your children and pets do not roam often.

Soil needs

Almost all succulents need well-draining soil like their natural habitats. So any soil that is nutritious and is also well-draining will work. You can learn to make your own succulent soil OR you can buy pre-mixed from the market.

Checkout the guide for the best succulent soil.

How much water does it need

'Sticks on fire' needs very less water like most succulents. You should allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again. The optimal time vary based on your environmental conditions, like humidity and temperature.

You can use the normal succulent and cactus watering method.

How to Propagate Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Like most succulents, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' is also best to regrow by stem cuttings. But be careful while handling it because it is toxic. You should wear gloves and take other precautions.

Propagate by stem cutting

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' is best to propagate by stem cuttings. But take precautions as it is a toxic plant.

First, wear some gloves and cut the stem with a sharp knife near the base. Dip the removed stem in water to stop latex. Keep the removed stem for a few days to dry and form a callous before plotting in well-drained soil.

Pairs Well With

Aeonium ‘Kiwi’

Facts & Features

  • 5 ft Wide

    This plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide.

  • 8 ft Tall

    This plant grows up to 8′ (2.5 m) tall.

  • Full Sun

    It needs full sunlight to grow properly.

  • Grows in Summer

    Need more care during this time.

  • Normal Watering

    Use regular succulent watering methods. Learn how to water succulents easily.

  • Not Cold Hardy

    Protect from very low temperatures.

  • Not for Indoor

    Not suited for indoor growing.

  • Propagation by cuttings

    Usually by a leaf or stem cutting.

  • Toxic

    Protect yourself and your pets from it. Especially, avoid consumption.

  • Zone 10a

    In this zone, the temperature can drop up to 30° F ( -1.1° C )

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