4.6 out of 5 (184 experiences)
Also known as
Elephant Food, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush, Spekboom, Elephant bush - Spekboom and Little Jade
How to care for Elephant Bush
Elephant Bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Atlanta, Georgia.
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January 18th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Atlanta is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
January 17th, 2022
Atlanta is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Atlanta is expected to increase by 16.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.8 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…
January 18th, 2022
This month, Atlanta is getting an average of 7.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 5.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of dayl…
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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Atlanta, Georgia ⛅.
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.
January 14th, 2022
The growing potential in Atlanta 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…
What other plant parents say
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 the year only once. It’s easy to take care of.
The BAD thing about this plant- It is a serious pest magnet. I’ve dealt with a fungus gnats and Mealybugs on this plant (but the plant still kept growing while being infested haha). Gnats we’re no problem but the mealybugs I’ve been fighting for a LONG TIME. I’ve tried everything! Finally I just cut every single leaf off of the plant, changed the pot and the soil and it seems to be doing okay! After doing all that it even sprouted a new leaf a weekish later.
Basically- love this plant, fast grower, resilient, but pest magnet :(