I have had my pencil plant for a few years, but this is the first time we’ve had a hard freeze in our area ( New Orleans) in a very long time; my plant was left out during this freeze because I didn’t know it was going to get below freezing so it has turned completely brown from the freeze; my question is does it have a chance to come back to life after the freeze? Thanks Marvin E.
Pencil Cactus After a Freeze
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This is unfortunate. These will not tolerate freezing temperatures... You will have to cut away any dead material. PLEASE wear gloves. This is a type of euphorbia, and its sap is toxic. You will have to keep it in a warm location in full to partial sun. If there is still any life in the roots, then it is likely that it will come back.
Unfortunately there is a great possibility to the loss of this plant. With some extra care, you may be able to bring this one back, though.