Plant Care Pencil Cactus
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Pencil Cactus

4.9 out of 5 (12 experiences)

Pencil Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Pencil Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Red Pencil Tree, Sticks on Fire and Firesticks

Taxonomy

Euphorbia tirucalli
Euphorbia
Euphorbiaceae
Malpighiales

What other plant parents say

Pencil Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Pencil Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Pencil Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Pencil Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Pencil Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
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@Joel
East Lansing, MI
Rating of the plant Pencil Cactus named Hobbes by Joel on Greg, the plant care app
02/12/2021

I have had experience with many different varieties of pencil cactus. They are all extremely hardy. Sometimes it can be tricky to figure out the best propagation method, but once you have that down, …

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@Egotopia
Jacksonville, FL
Rating of the plant Pencil Cactus named Euphorbia tirucalli by Egotopia on Greg, the plant care app
05/19/2021

Give this guy the light it needs and it’ll be growing little baby fingers in no time

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@Ashinbyalex
Vallejo, CA
Rating of the plant Pencil Cactus named Lebron by Ashinbyalex on Greg, the plant care app
07/14/2021

Stuck a stick in the dirt and it gave me more sticks.

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@Matt
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Rating of the plant Pencil Cactus named Reef by Matt on Greg, the plant care app
06/01/2021

Shit is dope son

How to care for Pencil Cactus

Water

How often to water your Pencil Cactus

Water needs for Pencil Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Pencil Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Pencil Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Pencil Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Pencil Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Pencil Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Pencil Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Pencil Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Pencil Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Pencil Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Pencil Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Pencil Cactus

Pencil Cactus

Pencil Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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