Plant Care Elephant Tree

Elephant Tree

Also known as

Torote

Taxonomy

Bursera microphylla
Bursera

How to care for Elephant Tree

Water

How often to water your Elephant Tree

Water needs for Elephant Tree
0.5 cups
every 12

Elephant Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Elephant Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Elephant Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Elephant Tree in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Elephant Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Raleigh is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Elephant Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.8% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 24.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Elephant Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayligh…

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Finding light for Elephant Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Elephant Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

Elephant Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Elephant Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elephant Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Elephant Tree

Nutrient needs for plant Elephant Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Raleigh is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Care Summary for Elephant Tree

Elephant Tree

Elephant Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Raleigh, North Carolina, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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