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Portulacaria 'Elephant Bush'

Portulacaria 'Elephant Bush'

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The Portulacaria afra 'Elephant Bush' is a charming and resilient houseplant, known for its bushy growth of small, rounded, jade-green leaves on woody stems. Exhibiting a shrubby and well-branched growth habit, the plant can spread out as it matures, creating a dense canopy. When provided with optimal care, this succulent can reach a mature height of approximately 8-15 feet outdoors, but it typically remains smaller when grown indoors as a houseplant.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Portulacaria afra

Common: Elephant Bush Portulacaria, Elephant Food Portulacaria, Dwarf Jade Plant, Spekboom, Small Leaf Jade

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-80°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Every 6-8 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Can tolerate bright, indirect light to full sun.
  • Trim back excessively long stems to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth.
  • Easily propagated through stem cuttings. Allow the cut end to callous over before planting in soil.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Didiereaceae family, which is a small family of flowering succulent plants that includes only 20 species.
  • The Portulacaria is native to South Africa, particularly regions with arid and semi-arid climates.
  • The Portulacaria is often called "Elephant Bush" because it's a popular food for elephants in its native habitat.
  • It's a fast grower and can quickly fill a pot or garden space with its bushy growth.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Low Maintenance

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