Ask a Question forum: Euphorbia tirucalli

Views: 133, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Chapel Hill, NC
FFish
Nov 19, 2019 9:38 AM CST
I brought my (potted), E. tirucalli from SoCal to North Carolina (USDA Zone 7b), four years ago and have had no problems until 2 weeks ago when I forgot to bring it in and we dipped into mid-twenties one night. It went into shock but I thought it would be fine. Unfortunately it isn't and most of its limbs suffered frostbite and are now falling off. All but main three stems. There is also a new stem, about 4" tall growing from base crown that didn't seem to be affected....Beautiful, Healthy, Green. Do you think it can be saved? I have very limited space. Do I cut the plant down to soil (except the fresh, healthy, new green stem)? Any thoughts and advice are appreciated.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Nov 19, 2019 10:42 AM CST
Welcome!

The best thing to do with frost damaged plants is leave them alone. Some parts may recover. Can you post photos? We may have different thoughts after seeing a photos.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Name: Emerson
Canada (Zone 5b)
Cactus and Succulents
Image
Emerson_Echeveria
Nov 20, 2019 10:17 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

The best thing to do with frost damaged plants is leave them alone. Some parts may recover. Can you post photos? We may have different thoughts after seeing a photos.


I agree
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Stay Home-Save Lives-Wear a Mask!
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
Nov 20, 2019 12:52 PM CST
Time will tell...so just be very patient. The 20F range is really a killer for most succulents. It can take 32F but must be kept very dry.

Wear gloves, cut off the rotted parts, and all you can do is wait and see. Keep it warm, with bright light access.

Good luck, hope it will bounce back. It may take the whole season to do so...so be very, very patient. Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Image
plantladylin
Nov 20, 2019 1:27 PM CST
Photos of your Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli) will help determine whether it will recover or not but if the roots didn't freeze, it will probably recover and begin sprouting anew once warmer weather returns. I'd discard the limbs that have dropped but I'd advise against any heavy pruning at this time of year; if the plant is already stressed from cold, it's likely to suffer additional stress from pruning.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Chapel Hill, NC
FFish
Nov 23, 2019 4:14 PM CST
Thank you all!! I cut the limbs that were badly frostbitten and were shedding. Now I will patiently wait.
There are already a few good signs; the new stem growing from the base crown that I mentioned has actually grown thicker AND one of the main stems that had turned dark olive/brown seems to be returning to a healthy color. Fingers crossed
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Image
DaisyI
Nov 23, 2019 4:33 PM CST
Hurray!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Snowdrop 1"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.