Care Sheet - Euphorbia tirucalli “Pencil Cactus,” Euphorbia ingens “Candelabra Tree,” Euphorbia trigona “African Milk Tree”
Euphorbia tirucalli - “Pencil Cactus,” Euphorbia ingens- “Candelabra Tree,” &
Euphorbia trigona - “African Milk Tree” - Most Euphorbia sp.
Light: Prefers direct sun. Euphorbia are an excellent choice for a sunny window (usually south- or west-facing). Rotate the plant periodically for balanced growth and even color development.
Water: Only water once the soil is nearly or completely dry. During the winter they will need watering less frequently as they go mostly dormant.
Environment: Euphorbia thrive in a dry environment and prefer temperatures 60-70 degrees or higher. Use a well draining cacti/succulent potting mix and plant in a container just slightly larger than its’ current container
Toxicity: Higher toxicity to cats, dogs, and humans. If the milky white sap gets on your skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water as the sap can be irritating.
- Some varieties of pencil cactus exhibit vibrant colors when placed in a sunny location. More sun leads to more color.
- The candelabra tree bears needle-like barbs which can hurt if pricked, so handle with caution. It is recommended to wear gloves for protection..
- Overwatering your euphorbia can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off the plant.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.