Plant Care Portulacaria Afra

Portulacaria Afra

4.6 out of 5 (195 experiences)

Portulacaria Afra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Portulacaria Afra has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Elephant Bush, Elephant Bush, Elephant Food, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush, Spekboom and Little Jade

Taxonomy

Portulacaria afra
Portulacaria
Didiereaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Portulacaria Afra

Water

How often to water your Portulacaria Afra

Water needs for Portulacaria Afra
0.5 cups
every 12

Portulacaria Afra needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Portulacaria Afra

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Light needs and placement for plant Portulacaria Afra: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Portulacaria Afra love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Portulacaria Afra does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Portulacaria Afra

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Portulacaria Afra 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 Portulacaria Afra

Portulacaria Afra

Portulacaria Afra


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Portulacaria Afra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 124
Portulacaria Afra has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 89
Portulacaria Afra has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 42
Portulacaria Afra has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Portulacaria Afra has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
Portulacaria Afra has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Portulacaria Afra has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Payton avatar
@Payton
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Lubbock, TX
11/23/2022

I love my little Elephant Bush! For someone who wants to brighten up their space but has a very poor record keeping plants alive, this plant is perfect! I’ve had my bush since it was only a couple inches tall and within a month or so both of the sprigs have nearly tripled in height

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,285 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
03/15/2022

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
Cricket avatar
@Cricket
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
02/11/2022

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

Survivor Survivor
Catslady123 avatar
@Catslady123
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 321 XP
globe New York
02/03/2022

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Tymarie.r avatar
@Tymarie.r
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 185 XP
01/30/2022

low maintenance:)

Survivor Survivor
0carter avatar
@0carter
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 597 XP
globe Seattle, WA
01/27/2022

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

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Megano avatar
@Megano
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,080 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

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

Rat__teeth avatar
@Rat__teeth
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,436 XP
11/11/2021

Can be a little finicky but a very cute plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Mconst avatar
@Mconst
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 4,487 XP
11/03/2021

Always looks full and healthy

Survivor Survivor
Michelle avatar
@Michelle
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 106 XP
10/28/2021

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
@Kace
leaf-1 213 Plants
xp 7,099 XP
10/18/2021

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
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 92 Plants
xp 10,944 XP
10/15/2021

Easily over watered.

Alex avatar
@Alex
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 294 XP
10/08/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Charli avatar
@Charli
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Chicago, IL
10/06/2021

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
Abbalabbadingdong avatar
@Abbalabbadingdong
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 141 XP
10/06/2021

It got sick I think a couple months ago and it was pretty easy to fix. It’s a pretty harsh plant

Survivor Survivor
Axc avatar
@Axc
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 119 XP
10/05/2021

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
@Jeannette
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 114 XP
10/03/2021

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
@Chris
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
10/02/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Annachromatic avatar
@Annachromatic
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 675 XP
globe Lincoln, NE
08/22/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
Livmountain avatar
@Livmountain
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP
08/07/2021

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

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