Plant Care Large Leaf Elephant Food

Large Leaf Elephant Food

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Large Leaf Elephant Food has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Portulacaria afra macrophylla

Taxonomy

Portulacaria afra 'Macrophylla'
Portulacaria
Didiereaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Large Leaf Elephant Food

Water

How often to water your Large Leaf Elephant Food

Water needs for Large Leaf Elephant Food
0.5 cups
every 12

Large Leaf Elephant Food 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 Large Leaf Elephant Food

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 7th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will decrease by 27.1% ☀️

December 8th, 2022

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 27.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 7th, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 8.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Large Leaf Elephant Food in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Large Leaf Elephant Food: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Large Leaf Elephant Food love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.

Large Leaf Elephant Food does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Large Leaf Elephant Food

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Large Leaf Elephant Food: 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 Large Leaf Elephant Food after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Large Leaf Elephant Food

Nutrient needs for plant Large Leaf Elephant Food in Chicago, Illinois

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

December 8th, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is very 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 …

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Care Summary for Large Leaf Elephant Food

Large Leaf Elephant Food

Large Leaf Elephant Food


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Large Leaf Elephant Food has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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