Plant Care Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

4.7 out of 5 (16 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 9
Elephant Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Elephant Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Elephant Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Elephant Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Elephant Bush has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
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@Kait
Peachtree City, GA
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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@Maryarmi
Webster Groves, MO
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Robert by Maryarmi on Greg, the plant care app
02/13/2021

the biggest worry is overwatering! make sure there is a drainage hole and don’t be afraid to let it dry out a little. but when you get it right it’s the cutest plant ever!!

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@Achin
Kent, WA
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named dumbo by Achin on Greg, the plant care app
02/25/2021

Was my first plant to survive! Grew extremely fast despite the poor lighting I had been living in previously.

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@Lilyyandow
Bedford, NH
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named Remington by Lilyyandow on Greg, the plant care app
02/16/2021

fairly easy to take care of, have noticed both of mine losing some leaves but besides that it’s easy

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@Sensai
Singapore
Rating of the plant Elephant Bush named portulacaria afra variegata pink by Sensai on Greg, the plant care app
03/28/2021

It’s sensitive to changes in watering schedule so do note!

How to care for Elephant Bush

Water

How often to water your Elephant Bush

Water needs for Elephant Bush
0.5 cups
every 9

Elephant Bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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
9

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 city 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 9 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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