The firestick plant - with thin vertical branches looking a bit like crayons or firesticks!
Common name : Firestick plant
Scientific name : Euphorbia tirucalli
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for Euphorbia tirucalli not yet available.
Sowing & planting
30 - 250
6.5 - 7
Identify my firestick plant
The firestick plants - Euphorbia tirucalli - is in its original area a tree - up to 6 meters - formed of one or more trunks with a broad and dense crown, and multiple branches without thorns, thin and vertical, look like firesticks or pencils.
The end of the branches bloom in summer: very small yellow flowers appear, then producing small round fruits.
Plant my firestick plant
Your firestick plants will appreciate a well-draining and still a little rich substratum, like cactus-soil: 1/3 of garden soil, 1/3 of sand, and 1/3 of potting soil.
It will need a strong light to develop well: either placed in full sun during the summer, or behind a window with direct sun.
Water my firestick plant
It may be a succulent, but the pencil plant enjoys regular watering from April to September - however, never let the pot soak in a pool of water. The substrate must almost dry completely between two waterings. From October to March, leave it dry!
Fertilize my firestick plant
In summer, pour every 2 weeks a liquid fertilizer for green plants - or a good compost juice diluted to 1/10 if you have some!
A slow-release fertilizer is possible ...
Stop every fertilizing in the fall, and until the end of the following spring.
Repot my firestick plant
The pencil plant grows rapidly, and requires regular repotting - ideally at the time of resumption of growth, before the summer.
Good to know: the more you water it, the more fertilizer you bring, the more it will grow!
Put outside my firestick plant
Do not hesitate to take out your firestick plants, once the last frosts have passed, from May! Acclimate it gently, and of course, begin watering!
Shelter my firestick plant
Bring your plant in at the end of September, in a bright place at an ideal temperature of 7 to 15 ° C. And no need to water for the whole winter !