Grow Firesticks Pencil Cactus Care

If you’re looking for a succulent houseplant that makes an eye-catching statement, look no further than the pencil cactus or Euphorbia tirucalli. This firecracker of a plant has many names: Aveloz, fire stick plant, Indian milkweed, Naked lady and Dairy shrub.

This surname refers to the cloudy latex sap that it releases when damaged, which can be toxic. But with a little caution, you can successfully plant, grow and enjoy a pencil cactus plant in your home or landscape.

All about the Pencil cactus

The Pencil cactus belongs to the spurge family and grows in various forms in an indoor landscape. It can grow up to 30 feet tall in its natural habitat. E. tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ has vertical stems and loose branching. It is as thin as pencils and has a reddish gold color that turns yellow in after spring and early summer and red in winter. The fire stick plant grows up to 4 to 8 feet and 120 to 240 cm wide in homes when provided in full sun and in a frost-free climate.

It is called a pencil cactus plant because of the diameter of the stem, which corresponds to a pencil. The new branches of the plant are slightly pink. You can see leaves appear when the branches grow. But they disappear as soon as the branch ripens.

Leaves, you ask? Well, it turns out that the Pencil cactus plant is not really a real cactus, but a succulent plant. The leaves of the plant are formed, but fall off almost immediately after maturity. That being said, the stems of spurge plants are not technically stems, but modified spines. The concept of modified spines becomes clearer when you think about the botanical structure of other euphorbia, such as the Christmas cactus, the Easter cactus or Erntedankkaktus.Es there are also commercial uses Of Euphorbia tirucalli. As it is a hydrocarbon plant, Latex can be produced, which can be modified and transformed into an Alternative to gasoline. It can also be used in the manufacture of rubber. In addition, the pencil cactus plant can be grown in soil that is not suitable for growing other plants.

The plant is widespread in Africa and India and is more widespread in the North-Eastern, Central and Southern regions. The cultivation of the Pencil cactus extends to the Arabian Peninsula and the surrounding islands. The Pencil cactus grows in dry areas with low humidity and is usually used to feed livestock, oddly enough!