Plant Care Elephant Bush
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Elephant Bush

4.6 out of 5 (159 experiences)

Elephant Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Elephant Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Elephant Food, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush, Spekboom, Elephant bush - Spekboom and Little Jade

Taxonomy

Portulacaria afra
Portulacaria
Didiereaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Elephant Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 102
Elephant Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 71
Elephant Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 35
Elephant Bush has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 17
Elephant Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Elephant Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Elephant Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Elephant Bush has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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@Plantmomma
Meridian, Idaho
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Eli by Plantmomma on Greg, the plant care app
07/27/2021

This plant is extremely resilient. I’ve had it for a while and it grows so very fast! I have it in the west facing window and it gets full sun and loves it. In summer i water maybe 2x/month, rest of …

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@Krystelle
Chicago, Illinois
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Khaleesi by Krystelle on Greg, the plant care app
06/18/2021

I received my elephant bush as a neglected big box store bonsai and once I got on a more regular watering schedule (I say *more* regular instead of regular because even my watering schedule isn’t per…

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@Domm.mcclure
Westerville, Ohio
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Momo by Domm.mcclure on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

it has occasional points in time where it decides to lose lots of leaves, then grows them back in a week or two. also, if gnats appear to be attacking your elephant bush, just drown them. it won’t hu…

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@Alisha
Port Lincoln, South Australia
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Yen by Alisha on Greg, the plant care app
07/06/2021

Just a easy beautiful plant. I’ve had mine years and it sits on the deck in South Australian weather year round. There’s been days at a time where it’s been pouring with rain and even the water tray …

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@Athena61
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Dani by Athena61 on Greg, the plant care app
04/23/2021

I’m giving it 4 stars only because it hasn’t grown for me at all. I bright this plant home not knowing anything about succulents. I really don’t have the right type of light for it and is currently i…

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Juliagoolia05 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Ellie by Juliagoolia05 on Greg, the plant care app
06/07/2021

Ellie was my very first succulent. She has been super easy to care for. She loves full sun and likes to be watered about every 7 days or so. She also likes to have her roots bound. I’ve made a lot of…

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Jazmine avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named George by Jazmine on Greg, the plant care app
04/27/2021

Omg this plant grew so fast I love it I got it just because and then was wowed at how tall it got I never had any problems with it except it was getting so tall I needed some support for it definitel…

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@Ashinbyalex
Vallejo, California
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Oscar by Ashinbyalex on Greg, the plant care app
06/24/2021

I got this limp guy as a gift. He wouldnt stand up on his own so i flopped him over to one side and just kept up with watering him when needed and he got lots of sunshine and he has visible growth ne…

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@Kasiej
Mesquite, Nevada
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Ole reliable by Kasiej on Greg, the plant care app
06/07/2021

I’m not 100% that this is an elephant bush but this is the first plant that got me into plants. It’s so easy to care for. Good draining soil and a thorough water every two weeks and it does great. I …

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@Kait
Peachtree City, Georgia
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Elephant Mom by Kait on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

it grows fast the variegated version is super pretty. It can be really temperamental tho. it doesn’t need to be water frequently but if it’s not watered exactly when it want to be it’ll drop a bunch …

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How to care for Elephant Bush

Water

How often to water your Elephant Bush

Water needs for Elephant Bush
0.5 cups
every 12

Elephant Bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 Bush

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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Finding light for Elephant Bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elephant Bush: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Elephant Bush may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Elephant Bush in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Elephant Bush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elephant Bush: 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 Bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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