Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'

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Basic Info

Aloe polyphylla “Spiral Aloe” is a small succulent type with a spiral pattern. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around 2.5 m (3ft) tall and about 1.5 m (30″) in diameter. The plants main feature is the green stick looking stem that often turn red around the edges.

Scientific Classification

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia

Care and Propagation Information


Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs less watering than other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Sticks on Fire healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this Euphorbia Tirucalli. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

This succulent type is a rare one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy a strange vibe. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can’t be grown indoors
  • Grows 2.5 m (3ft) tall
  • Grows up to 1.5 m (30″) wide
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Best zone 9a-11b 1.1°C ( 30°F) 
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Best propagated by cuttings
  • Known to be toxic to people and animals
  • Grows best during Summer
Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Picture by Succulents Network

Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Picture by Succulents Network

Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Picture by Succulents Network

Where to Plant

Sticks on Fire succulents need strong light. When planting this Euphorbia tirucalli type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 10a which is around 30 °F (-1.1°C). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ can be propagated by offsets or seeds. Propagating by seeds would be difficult since this succulent is a difficult type to grow. This slow-growing succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How To Propagate Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ by offsets

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ propagates from the offsets. To be able to propagate from the mother plant, you should wait several years for the main plant to produce an offset. To start this process, use a sharp knife and remove an offset from the main plant. When you remove the offset, clean the extra soil from it. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How To Propagate Euphorbia Tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ by seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Euphorbia tirucalli also known as ‘Sticks on Fire’ is native to India.

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