4.6 out of 5 (171 experiences)
Also known as
Elephant Bush, Elephant Bush, Elephant Food, Dwarf Jade Plant, Porkbush, Spekboom, Elephant bush - Spekboom and Little Jade
How to care for Portulacaria Afra
Portulacaria Afra needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Portulacaria Afra may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
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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.
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 :(
Just a easy beautiful plant. I’ve had mine years and it sits on the deck in South Australian weather year round. There’s been days at a time where it’s been pouring with rain and even the water tray underneath fills up so I haven’t had to water it for weeks and it’s been completely fine. Does well in 30+ degrees Celsius heat too. Never had to repot it.