Plant Care Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Hottentot Bread has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Hottentot Bread has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with only 77 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Hottentot Bread likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.


Dioscorea elephantipes

Also known as

Elephant's Foot, Elephants Foot and Discorea Elephantipes

How to care for Hottentot Bread


How often to water your Hottentot Bread

Water needs for Hottentot Bread
0.5 cups
every 9

Hottentot Bread 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 Hottentot Bread

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.

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Finding light for Hottentot Bread in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hottentot Bread: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Hottentot Bread love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Hottentot Bread does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Hottentot Bread

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread

Hottentot Bread

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Hottentot Bread has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Hottentot Bread has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Rochester, NY

Easy to grow from seed and weathers forgotten watering sessions like a champ. However, needs full sun. FULL. SUN. I’M TALKING SAHARA LEVEL SUN.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 1,616 XP
globe La Habra, CA

This bad boy literally just sits here and looks goods , I water her once every 3-4 weeks or so and she’s thriving

Survivor Survivor

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