Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Identification and repotting???

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Name: Beth
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BPadilla
Mar 26, 2017 5:49 PM CST

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I have this large succulent/cactus that I have had for close to 5 years. During the winter it stays inside and during the summer I set it outside and watch it flurish into what I have today. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of this plant. I ask because I think it's time to repot it but I want to double check. Plus, I'm not quite sure how to go about that due to it's features.

Any help on this big guy would be great!
Thanks!
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plantmanager
Mar 26, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Welcome! Beth! I'd say your plant is the Firesticks, also known as (Euphorbia tirucalli. Some of them will turn reddish during part of the year, and others stay green all the time. It still looks ok to me. I would wait until it gets larger before repotting since it seems happy so far.
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DaisyI
Mar 26, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I wouldn't re-pot. It looks good.
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Mar 26, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Welcome! Beth! Nice plant... It is definitely an Euphorbia but I'm not sure if it is Firesticks (Euphorbia tirucalli 'Rosea') or
Milk Bush (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Nice kitty too. I hope she leaves your plant alone. The sap can be toxic for pets and people.

Seeing your pretty plant makes me feel guilty about mine. It was given to me years ago in a tall drink glass and I've left it there. It is abused and neglected. It stays in the greenhouse summer & winter as it is too gangly to move. And I forget to water it regularly. I'm almost inspired to repot it after seeing yours but not sure how to go about it. I know I'd have to break the glass.

Tell me what size your container is? How often do you water it? What type of soil do you use? I like your top dressing for this container. Sighing!
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mcvansoest
Mar 26, 2017 11:31 PM CST
From the way it looks it is a regular Euphorbia tirucalli. Hard to know in your climate though, Firesticks might not show much fire.

I agree with Daisy, it looks good in the pot it is in. Keep in mind that this plant is actually a tree. So it will go on to fill any larger pot quite readily and will become bigger and bigger and harder to handle - might even happen in the pot it is in.

I have one in the ground that is going on 10 feet tall.
Name: Beth
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BPadilla
Mar 27, 2017 10:52 AM CST
I didn't realize that this was actually a tree. Living in Indiana you don't seem many cacti or succulents unless you go to the nursery section of your local home improvement store.

This beauty I bought at Lowes and goes crazy when I take it outside during the summer. The pot it's currently in is 11inches in heighth and 13 inches in diameter. The soil..err..I'm assuming I used cacti soil since I have 4 other cacti/succulents also living with it. (The glass rocks are for flare..dollar store those babies for cheap!). I water it about every 2 weeks or when I see my other plants getting droopy and I'm like crap I need to water them. I won't be able to plant it in the ground due to our cold winters. But I was curious if I needed to pot it in the next size up due to it's size. But you all say it looks good so I guess it will stay in its happy home. Once we get our last frost it will be going on my porch.

I don't believe it's a Firestick since I saw the pictures of it. It's forever green with the new shoots being a lighter green. It's currently standing at 4 1/2 feet right now. It is reaching our mantle.

Thank you all for your help.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 27, 2017 11:28 AM CST
It's almost certainly a firestick, but not showing any color because of your area, Beth. It should be fine for a long time in that pot.
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Name: Beth
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BPadilla
Mar 27, 2017 11:35 AM CST
Oh and the cats don't eat it. They just like to rub against it since it sticks out. Now my other house plants...one of them likes to dig a little bit. Grumbling
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plantmanager
Mar 27, 2017 12:08 PM CST
You're lucky they don't do much damage. Some cats will chew everything, and take plants right out of the pots.
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Mar 27, 2017 12:18 PM CST

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That particular plant tastes really awful. The first bite would be the last, in a lifetime kind of way. Smiling Beware of the sap which comes out when you break the skin of the plant (like when you break off a piece, which I do not recommend)... very potent irritant which can cause horrific rashes. Wear gloves and use a sharp blade if you choose to prune.

plantmanager said:It's almost certainly a firestick, but not showing any color because of your area


It's almost certainly not a Firesticks, because of the color (which would be at least a bit orange or yellow outside in the summer sun). Euphorbia tirucalli (the normal green form) is a proper tree which grows truly massive with time. Keep it relatively potbound and provide as much light as possible (more light if possible) for the most compact form.
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