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Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Regular price $11.95

Live Pencil Cactus 
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter 

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.

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Can I pick up my order at the nursery?
Yes, just select Store Pickup at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time. A member of our team will reach out if the time you have chosen needs to be rescheduled.  There are no same day pickups. 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

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.