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Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Firesticks, Red Pencil Tree

This shrubby succulent has bright red, pink, orange or yellow stems. It adds thriller to succulent arrangements. It grows well in container gardens, but due to its toxicity, should not be planted where there is a lot of foot traffic.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 8′ (2.5 m) tall

    Plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by cuttings

  • Toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Summer

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ is a great addition to your outdoor succulent garden, however great care should be taken when dealing with this succulent. Read more about poisonous succulents here.

This succulent is deer and rabbit resistant.

Watering

‘Sticks on Fire’ has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.

Where to Plant

Euphorbia tirucalli is perfect for container gardens. It grows quickly, so it may need to be repotted more often than other succulents. It will display the most color during winter months.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 4 – 6 hours of bright sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ is best propagated from stem cuttings. Please keep in mind ‘Sticks on Fire’ is toxic. Take precautions when handling this succulent.

Cuttings

‘Sticks on Fire’ can be propagated from cuttings. Please keep in mind ‘Sticks on Fire’ is toxic. Take precautions when handling this succulent.

To remove a stem for propagation, wear nitrile dipped gloves and, using a sharp knife, cut a stem near the base of the plant.

Allow the end of the stem to callous over for several days before placing in well-draining soil.

Pairs Well With

Aeonium ‘Kiwi’

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