Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Sad firesticks plant

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krystenr1
Aug 21, 2017 10:47 PM CST
My firesticks plant appears to have gotten sun or wind burned. It's color is really washed out and it has some scarring. I'm not sure if I'm caring for it properly. I've heard they are supposed to grow very rapidly, but I haven't seen any growth since I got it, about six month ago. Any suggestions?

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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Aug 22, 2017 8:52 AM CST
You are correct it clearly has some sun burn. It happens, these plants should grow out of that pretty rapidly. Deeper down in the plant things are still looking pretty green, so it may just be a small adjustment in water frequency that will help it improve.

How often do you water it? This plant can survive with limited water, but it does require a good drenching at least every week or two in summer to get in a happy place and grow especially when kept in a pot. The clay pot also dries out faster so it may therefore need water more frequently. It also looks a little pot bound, which if it is getting a lot of sun and not a whole lot of water also would not help as it will dry out even faster.

I grow this in the ground in the Phoenix area and in our summers it gets water once a week and while it gets some sun burn in the really hot months (June-July) it generally grows really well. It is so happy that is has almost completely lost its 'Firesticks' look and looks more like the regular green version.

So see if increasing watering frequency helps and if you have some time try and lift it from its pot to see how big the root ball is, if it is more roots than soil, it needs a bigger pot.
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krystenr1
Aug 22, 2017 9:49 AM CST
My friend suggested repotting, too, so I think I will do that this weekend! I must say that I was egregiously underwatering then based on your advice...I was giving it water once a month, maybe. Yikes! I'll give it a bigger home and more water. Should I trim off some of the top to encourage growth, or no? Thanks!
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tarev
Aug 22, 2017 9:54 AM CST
I have seen my cousin's firestick growing in water, really cool, makes me think it is thirstier indeed when the dry months are around.

But for your plant, try spritzing the stems. I find now that some of my succulents, especially Euphorbias are really so thirsty since our dry period is so long. They are drought tolerant indeed, but if humidity is way too low, they dry up faster. Do the spritzing early in the morning before the sun hits them. I used to concentrate just on the root zone for watering, but some succulents, will not mind getting spritzing on the stems, since our temps are exceedingly warm to hot and so dry.
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Baja_Costero
Aug 22, 2017 9:54 AM CST

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Whatever you do, be very careful when you repot/cut/move the plant not to get sap on your hands or especially in your eyes... it is an extreme irritant, very dangerous. Use sharp tools, wear gloves, use eye protection. I don't think cutting the plant back will improve your situation, though.
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krystenr1
Aug 22, 2017 9:59 AM CST
Baja_Costero said:Whatever you do, be very careful when you repot/cut/move the plant not to get sap on your hands or especially in your eyes... it is an extreme irritant, very dangerous. Use sharp tools, wear gloves, use eye protection. I don't think cutting the plant back will improve your situation, though.


Noted, thank you!
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lauriebasler
Aug 22, 2017 9:40 PM CST
I have a pencil cactus and some climbing Aloe that get sunburned even in my north sun. But, when they get moved to shade, the plants go back to the correct color in no time. Hope yours will too.
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purpleinopp
Aug 23, 2017 5:11 PM CST
The sunburned spots won't heal, but will be lower on the plant soon.


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