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Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Regular price $14.95

Pencil Cactus, also known as Fire Stick Cactus or Milk Bush, is a woody succulent bush native to tropical south and east Africa, Madagascar, and India.

This is one of the few plants Sow Exotic carries that is not edible.

Highly ornamental, the Pencil Cactus will grow in a columnar upright fashion from 8 to 30 ft tall outdoors in a frost free environment. Pencil Cactus grows great indoors at room temperature and will grow as tall as it's interior environment allows.

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Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States.  We use plant-based, plastic-free, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, AND compostable packaging materials. All of our plants ship ready-to-grow in plantable pots (with the exception of citrus) and range in size.  See the size guide on each plant page to learn more about what to expect upon arrival.

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Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

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Live plant orders are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

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As soon as you place your order, you will receive order confirmation and a link to your Order Status Page.  You can view and track your orders progress online any time via your Order Status Page!

When your order ships, we'll send you a shipping confirmation and tracking info to let you know it's on it's way! We'll also send you delivery confirmation as soon as your order has been dropped off!

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Heat Packs & Weather Holds:

Heat Packs
Shipping tropical plants to a cold climate in the middle of winter? We sell Heat Packs! If it's under 32 degrees in your area, we definitely recommend ordering a Heat Pack! Visit our Heat Packs page to learn more and purchase your heat pack. 

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Waiting for the perfect time to plant? You can order now and request a custom weather hold until your preferred arrival date.  Please email care@sowexotic.com to request a custom hold. 

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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico:

We ship to Puerto Rico! Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a plants that we don't ship. 

Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana  

Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passion Fruit

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Plant Care

Plant Type: Succulent

Flowering & Harvest Season: Winter. Pencil Cactus is not edible.

Mature Size: Up to 30 ft

Soil & Moisture: Gritty and well-draining soil, water every two to three weeks in the summer; no water is needed in the winter. In the fall and spring, reduce watering to every month. Any excess moisture needs to drain or be able to evaporate otherwise you risk root rot.

Exposure: Full Sun 

Zones

Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 9 - 11 

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.