Euphorbia Pencil Tree Cactus, Milk Bush, Sticks of Fire
The Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), commonly known as milk bush due to its thick white sap, Pencil Cactus is native to tropical regions of Africa and India, in their native environment the Pencil Cactus can grow up to 30 feet tall, indoors they can grow slowly well over 6 feet. This plant is is considered a stem succulent, not a true cactus, it photosynthesizes in its stems. Pencil Cactus evolved in dry climates with lots of direct sun, is ok to keep your Pencil Cactus in a bright location for maximum growth. This plant will not tolerate low light conditions.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Specifications
|Grow Zones:||4-7 Patios / 9-11 Outdoors|
|Mature Height:||7-10 ft.|
|Mature Width:||4-5 ft.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Foliage:||Green, Gold, Orange|
|Uses:||Accent Plant, Complements other plants|
|Characteristics:||Pencil-like Thick leaves|
|Soil Conditions:||Sandy Dry, well drain organic soil|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Euphorbia Pencil Tree Cactus, capable of withstanding extreme heat in full sun, are drought tolerant and relatively easy to care. Euphorbia Pencil Tree Cactus color set them apart from other exotic euphorbia plants, can adapt to most soil conditions from sandy to rocky types, bring this unique beauty to your landscape and simply set them as focal points in the center of your island settings. The Euphorbia Pencil Tree Cactus color hue gives homes an inviting and charming look.
Planting and Care
PLANTING AND CARE - Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
LIGHT - Select an area with FULL SUN or Partial Shade
WATER - Water, allow the top 1-2 inch of Soil to dry out, may take 7-12 days, water slowly to allow the soil to moist evenly.
FERTILIZING – No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once you do decide to fertilize You may use a fertilizer formulated for interior plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.
INSECTS OR DESEASES - Here’s another plus, Pencil Cactus is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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