Keep It Alive
- Outdoors, grow pencil cactus in full sun. …
- Provide immaculate drainage for pencil cactus. …
- Water every two weeks and less in the winter, and as with most succulents, it’s better to let pencil cacti dry out than to drown it or risk rotted roots.
Moreover, how do you take care of indoor pencil cactus?
Although very hardy, the Pencil Cactus prefers dry, warm environments. Pencil Cacti like to dry out completely between waterings. The most common mistake made with these plants is overwatering. You won’t need to water your plant more than once every 10 days (at most) during the growing season.
Besides, is pencil plant a succulent?
The pencil cactus plant is in the Euphorbia family of succulents. Another common name for the plant is Milkbush due to the cloudy sap it releases when injured. Be cautious when caring for a pencil cactus; the sap is toxic and may cause problems in some people.
Can you touch pencil cactus?
The pencil cactus plant is a plant that produces an acidic milky white sap or latex, which is highly toxic to both humans and animals. The sap is released once the stem of the plant is broken, so it should never be ingested or touched with bare skin.
Conclusion: Pencil Cactus grow fast and are forgiving when it comes to pruning. You can prune them lightly or heavier as I did. Just mind the sticky sap and give your pruners a good cleaning before and after pruning. They’re easy to grow and are a fun plant to have in your collection!
Also, in the
|Botanical Name||Euphorbia tirucalli|
|Bloom Time||Spring, summer|
|Hardiness Zones||11–12 (USDA)|
|Native Area||Africa, Asia|
Pick through the soil to remove any remaining pieces of the pencil cactus roots. Use a garden hoe or mattock to break up soil in a wider area if the roots appear to extend far beyond the hole where you removed the root ball. Dispose of the root ball and root pieces.
They are very sensitive and a small touch at the tips will expose a hot, white, milky sap. This sap will get on your skin and start to itch and burn.
Pencil cactus shrivels when it gets too much water. The plant becomes unstable and droopy. … Always water your pencil cactus sparingly as overwatering leads to root rot in many cases. Let the soil dry in between the watering sessions.
Hardiness. In the great outdoors, it’s hardy to 25 degrees F. And it can tolerate our home temperatures & lack of humidity just fine. As you can see, the pot my Pencil Cactus is growing in is quite large.