Sunday, August 23, 2009

pencil sticks on fire!!

Euphorbia tirucalli is popularly known as pencil tree, milkbush, finger tree, red pencil tree, sticks on fire. The Pencil tree makes a dramatic plant for containers. It grows with single or multiple trunks that have a tangle of light green, pencil thick, succulent branches. The tips of these branches are of a beautiful orange color. This plant must be grown in full sun, therefore if you want the good color, it’s the solar power. The color tends to fade in the summer, and becomes redder in the winter. The small leaves are inconspicuous and soon drop. The tree can be trained and shaped to grow in any pattern that you may like. It can be propagated by cuttings. They take a little while to acclimatize and when they do, they show robust growth. It needs to be watered only when dry since it’s drought tolerant and hardy and thrives in the driest atmosphere with ordinary soil, water, and feeding.

Note: The milky sap that it oozes when damaged or cut may cause skin rash, itching and general discomfort.

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