Euphorbia Tirucalli Propagation | Euphorbia Tirucalli: Propagation And Care Tips For Pencil Cactus! #firesticks #succulents #euphorbia

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Euphorbia Tirucalli: Propagation And Care Tips For Pencil Cactus! #firesticks #succulents #euphorbia

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Now that the fall is almost upon us and the growing season is coming to an end. It’s a great time to take stock of your house plants to see if there is anything that can be repotted or propagated in this video. I’m going to be propagating my euphorbia tyrocali. If you’re new here, welcome, im. Tyler, I’ve been packing like crazy. My husband and I are moving from our condo in Boston to a brand new house. And I can’t wait to show you guys. I will definitely be giving you guys a tour of my house plants and probably a house tour as well. If you are interested in checking out our brand new house and the property, please subscribe to my channel and sign up for alerts so that you can be notified of all my upcoming content. So the euphorbia tyrocali is commonly known as the pencil cactus and before we get started. There are a few things that you are going to need to know. Now it’s also worth mentioning that these plants are also known as fire sticks and can actually have some red coloration to them. First is this plant has a latex sap that is definitely an irritant. And you are not going to want to get this on your skin or anywhere near your eyes. If you are a dog lover like me or you have other pets. This is definitely a plant that you’re going to want to keep out of their reach because it could cause them some serious harm. If you are going to be propagating like me, your pencil cactus. It’s a good idea to put on a pair of gloves and be mindful of where the sap ends up despite their toxicity. These succulents are so beautiful and unique looking and I just find these tiny little leaves so adorable and cute, all right with all of that. Good stuff out of the way. Let me share with you some important care tips for your pencil cactus. With all that being said these plants are relatively simple and easy to propagate. Let me show you how now the best time of year to propagate your pencil. Cactus is actually in the spring or the summer. Now I’m mainly taking a cutting at the end of the summer because I did lose some of this plant most likely due to not the correct soil mix and probably over watering as well. So when you are choosing a piece for a cutting, there are a few things that you’re going to want to keep in mind. You want to take a portion that you know you’re gonna have at least two three four inches of, um, you know of stem that you can pot. If, for example, I take this portion here. Any sort of leaves, uh, in that two to four inches that are going to go in the soil will need to be removed. So when cutting, uh, this, I’m going to take this portion here, and now I just cut once, so there’s going to be sap at the end, and you’re going to want to just dip that quickly in water just to isolate any of that latexy sap. That’s toxic, and I’m just going to cut twice. I like when I take cuttings to cut on the diagonal, so I’m just going to cut very carefully again on a diagonal So now I have a very nice diagonal cut. Just dip that in water carefully again to get rid of any excess sap. Now, like I said, it’s important now. I probably just barely have two inches there and I’m going to want to very carefully. Remove these leaves before planting it. So now that I’ve cut this very fresh piece of cutting for my pencil cactus, This will once I’ve removed. The leaves, need to rest and heal and callous for at least a week. So you just want you want to keep this in a very safe place away. From, of course, any pets where it can just heal very nicely. All right, so I have that cutting set aside and I actually took a cutting from a week ago, and I’ve let this, uh, cut heel, so this guy is ready to be potted. All right, so I’ve already, uh, selected a pot I’ve put in a awesome, succulent! Mix that I picked up on Amazon, and basically I’m ready to take my cutting and just very carefully. All the leaves have been removed at the base. Now I’m just going to make a little bit of that. Indent there. Push that guy in carefully, and that’s basically it. So now I’m going to give this guy a good watering and because I’m doing this cutting at the end of summer and not in the spring or in the beginning of summer. You know, there is a possibility that this cutting won’t take. So you’re just going to want to make sure that you’re keeping an eye on it. And yeah, thank you so much for checking out my video. Hopefully this was useful and until the next one.