Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea'
Fire Sticks, Red Pencil Tree, Sticks of Fire, Sticks on Fire
Euphorbia tirucalli var. rosea, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks', Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'
Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea', also known as Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire', is a striking succulent shrub with smooth green cylindrical branches with orange, pink, or red tips. It grows up to 25 feet (7.6 m) tall and up to 10 feet (3 m) wide. Branches are about the diameter of a pencil. The color tends to fade closer to yellow in the summer and becomes redder in the winter. Leaves are small and fall off early, so usually, the stems are naked. Flowers are pale yellow and inconspicuous.
How to Grow and Care
Euphorbias are very easy to care for. These plants require a little pampering to become established, but once they are, they are self-sufficient. In fact, more die from too much care and watering than from neglect. Euphorbias need well-draining soil and lots of sunlight. They are not particular about soil pH but cannot tolerate wet soil. Unlike most succulents, Euphorbia does not handle long periods of drought well. It may need weekly watering during the summer. Water whenever the soil is dry several inches below the surface. Water deeply, but don't let them sit in wet soil, which can cause root rot. Add some organic matter or fertilizer to the planting hole. Feed with a half-strength fertilizer monthly if you are growing them in containers or your soil is poor.
These succulents can be grown from seed, but they can be difficult to germinate (or even find). They are usually propagated by cuttings. This can be tricky because of the exuding sap. Rooting hormone is recommended with Euphorbias. They tend to grow problem-free, but there are a few pests and diseases to be alert for.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Euphorbia.
This succulent is a cultivar of Euphorbia tirucalli.
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