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Firesticks in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea'

 

Firesticks

Euphorbia tirucalli can grow to 25 feet tall by 8 to 10 feet wide. 'Sticks on Fire' lacks the chlorophyll of the parent plant and is slower growing. Euphorbia tirucalli (also known as aveloz, firestick plants, Indian tree spurge, naked lady, pencil tree, pencil cactus, sticks on fire or milk bush) is a shrub that grows in semi-arid tropical climates. The pencil tree euphorbia is a many-branched, succulent plant, usually 3-5 m but may reach 10 m on occasion.

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plant Features
  • Firesticks likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Firesticks likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Firesticks is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Firesticks likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Firesticks

Latin name

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea'

type

Succulent

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Firesticks likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Firesticks is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Firesticks likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Firesticks likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Firesticks is 1.00meters x 3.00meters 1.00 M 3.00 M

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea'

Euphorbia tirucalli can grow to 25 feet tall by 8 to 10 feet wide. 'Sticks on Fire' lacks the chlorophyll of the parent plant and is slower growing. Euphorbia tirucalli (also known as aveloz, firestick plants, Indian tree spurge, naked lady, pencil tree, pencil cactus, sticks on fire or milk bush) is a shrub that grows in semi-arid tropical climates. The pencil tree euphorbia is a many-branched, succulent plant, usually 3-5 m but may reach 10 m on occasion.


Propagation

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Succulents can be propagated by different means. The most common one is the vegetative propagation. They include cuttings where several inches of stem with leaves are cut and after healing produce a callus. After a week or so, roots may grow. A second method is division consisting of uprooting an overgrown clump and pulling the stems and roots apart. The easiest one is allowing the formation of callus from a leaf. The vegetative propagation can be different according to the species.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Succulents need good draining soil. When planting in the garden, make sure the area drains well and is not in a low spot that would stay wet. For container planting you can purchase cactus soil or incorporate sand, gravel or volcanic rock for better drainage. The container you are planting in should have a drainage hole or put crushed rock on the bottom before your planting medium.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Succulents need good draining soil. When planting in the garden, make sure the area drains well and is not in a hollow that remains wet. Specially prepared cactus soil can be purchased for planting in pots or incorporate sand, gravel or volcanic rock for better drainage. The container you are planting in should have a drainage hole and it is wise to put crushed rock at the bottom before your planting medium.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

The most common form of propagation for succulents is called vegetative propagation. This involves cuttings, where several inches of stem with leaves are cut, allowed some time to heal and after healing produce a callus. After a week or so, roots should grow. Another method is division which involves uprooting an overgrown clump and pulling the stems and roots apart. The easiest method is to allow the formation of a callus from a leaf or segment.

 
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