Interesting Fact: The unique pencil-like branches are responsible for getting vernacular name Pencil tree.
Euphorbia tirucalli is a succulent, spineless, hardy green shrub, up to 3 m tall. The branches are cylindrical, smooth and glabrous-green, up to 8 mm in diameter, forming brush-like masses. The leaves are small and slender. The flowers are yellow, inconspicuous, and carried in clusters at the apex of the short branches or in the angles of branches. Fruits are tripartite capsules.
Planting and care
Pencil Tree can be grown from seed, but they can be difficult to germinate (or even find). It is usually propagated by cuttings.
Re-pot with the following proportions: 3 parts of potting soil, 1 part of grit (pumice), 1 part of the horticultural-grade sand, 1/2 part of the compost etc.
Caring for Euphorbia Tirucalli
- Keep in a bright sunny location.
- Try not to water the leaves, give water to soil only.
- Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
- Water the plant in a morning, between 8 to 10 am.
- Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in dark room.
- While, re-potting or propagating try not to disturb the roots.
Typical uses of Euphorbia Tirucalli
Special features: brush-like branch masses
Ornamental use: This succulent plant is used as the ornamental purpose.
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