Plant Care Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

4.6 out of 5 (184 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


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 Tucson, Arizona.

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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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 Bush in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

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Growing Elephant Bush in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Tucson, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 18th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Tucson, Arizona

Sunlight will increase by 16.1% ☀️

January 17th, 2022

Tucson is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to increase by 16.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Elephant Bush in Tucson, Arizona

Daylight will increase by 0.4 hours 📈

January 17th, 2022

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 9.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 4.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Tucson, Arizona ⛅.


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 Tucson, Arizona

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

January 15th, 2022

The growing potential in Tucson 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 Bush

Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Tucson, Arizona, 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 117
Elephant Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 86
Elephant Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 41
Elephant Bush has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 19
Elephant Bush has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Elephant Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Elephant Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Elephant Bush has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
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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 17 Plants
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Can be a little finicky but a very cute plant

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 58 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 32 Plants
xp 560 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 71 Plants
xp 2,752 XP

Easily over watered.

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

Survivor Survivor
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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
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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
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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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
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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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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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globe Cedar Park, Texas


Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Birmingham, Alabama


Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Meridian, Idaho

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 :(

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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globe Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania

Don’t toss branches that break. Let them callous for a day in the shade and drop them in a small jar of water. The roots are visible practically the next day. Then, when the roots are two inches long, plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Murrieta, California

Plant it in a pot size that you want it to be cause it can grow fast.
I use succulent soil or you could use high nitrogen soil.
U can water it and put it in the sun all day

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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