Plant Care Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

4.6 out of 5 (194 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 and Little Jade


Portulacaria afra

How to care for Elephant Bush


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 located in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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

Plant care guide for Elephant Bush in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Elephant Bush in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

May 21st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently high 📈.

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

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Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will increase by 17.8% ☀️

May 21st, 2022

Chicago is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to increase by 17.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.3 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will increase by 1.5 hours 📈

May 21st, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 10.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 11.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.9 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Elephant Bush in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Elephant Bush thrive 🌿!


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.

When to repot Elephant Bush

Nutrient needs for plant Elephant Bush in Chicago, Illinois

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 21st, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any p…

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Difficulty Level

Elephant Bush is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Elephant Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 122
Elephant Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 88
Elephant Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 42
Elephant Bush has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 21
Elephant Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Elephant Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
Elephant Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Elephant Bush has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
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globe Goodyear, Arizona

As a succulent, it doesn’t require much water, making it perfect for the summertime on my patio table here in Phoenix AZ! Puffy little jade shaped leaves. Love how this little fella trails down over the pot!!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP

It takes a while for leaves to grow but when they do they tell you exactly when it needs water :)

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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xp 267 XP
globe New York

Needs more water than a traditional succulent. Don’t let it fool you!!

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP

low maintenance:)

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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xp 597 XP
globe Seattle, Washington

Very delicate. if you don’t maintain hood conditions they will drop all their leaves :(

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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globe Washington, District of Columbia

Oops. Forgot about this guy in the window and did usual watering but it doesn’t seem to like the spot it was in.

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leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 989 XP

Can be a little finicky but a very cute plant

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 60 Plants
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Always looks full and healthy

Survivor Survivor
Michelle avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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The need a lot of water and for this plant I notice it’s better to put water in a bowl and place the plant in and let it absorb what it needs

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kace avatar
leaf-1 75 Plants
xp 1,589 XP

This guy almost died after being left out in a hale storm this summer. He has doubled in size since July. 🤯

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 6,572 XP

Easily over watered.

Alex avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 294 XP

I’m hoping to try bonsai with babies from this plant. It never dies

Survivor Survivor
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xp 91 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois

Super cute and havent run into problems yet. Will let you know if it needs water when its leaves shrivel a bit.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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It got sick I think a couple months ago and it was pretty easy to fix. It’s a pretty harsh plant

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 119 XP

Super cute and small. Needs a bit more sunlight than most succulents but still very manageable!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Jeannette avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 114 XP

It’s a very cute succulent and it flourishes into a beautiful bush, hence its name. It also makes a great filler for succulent arrangements. I love that this guy is sooo easy to propagate!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Chris avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP

This is a good luck plant. They call it a money tree in Chinese feng sue

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 675 XP
globe Lincoln, Nebraska

I don’t water it often and it seems to do alright so far.

Survivor Survivor
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So cute, lots of growth and doesn’t need watering a lot, My personal favourite

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globe Townsend, Delaware

I have two elephant plant has been doing great!! I forget to water it quiet often and it still thriving!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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