The Fire Stick Plant, also known as a the Pencil Plant, is a succulent that is as tough as nails and can survive just about anywhere. It has often been used as an indoor plant, but it can also grow up to 1.8 metres high and about the same width when planted outdoors.
When planting a fire stick plant find a sunny spot that is well drained, and if you are using a pot, use half Cacti and Succulent potting mix with half Searles Premium mix as your potting medium. Fertilize with some Seaweed fertilizer when planting and then every couple of months give it a drink with some added Fish and Kelp.
The attraction of the Fire Stick plant is not only the interesting structure of the plant, but also the bright colours of the stems and flowers which can range from a rich cream to a fiery red.
Another reason it is called the Fire Stick plant is that the plant has a milky sap that can be corrosive when it comes in contact with your skin. It can cause a rash or even blisters, so don't get it anywhere near your eyes. If ingested by you or your children, it can nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Same thing applies for your pets, so always use goggles and gloves when pruning or taking cuttings.
This is a plant that has two very different sides, stunning in structure and colour, but a plant that needs to be kept an eye on.