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Pencil Tree (Euphorbia Tirucalli)

Written by Reinhart Elboeck

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Posted on February 23 2022

Pencil Tree

About Me

Native to South Africa! My branches are long and pencil shaped, with leaves sprouted on the ends. I make for a very interesting houseplant. Beware if one of my branches breaks, for my sap is known to be toxic to both humans and animals. So when handling me be sure to use extra precaution and wear gloves. 

Other Names Stick plant, Milkbush.
Country Of Origin South Africa
Maintenance Level Low
Water Use the Soak and Dry method. Overwatering may lead to root-rot.
Sunlight Bright Indirect Sun. At least 10 hours per day.
Soil Well Draining soil mix. Best mix ratio is ⅔ Cactus mix soil, and ⅓ perlite or coarse sand. Sandbox sand can be used to mix!
Temperature 65°F - 70°F  
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Planting Zone 3A - 9B
Bloom Color  Yellow