Plant Care Rainbow Bush

Rainbow Bush


Portulacaria afra variegata

How to care for Rainbow Bush


How often to water your Rainbow Bush

Water needs for Rainbow Bush
0.5 cups
every 12

Rainbow Bush 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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Calculate water needs of Rainbow Bush

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Rainbow Bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rainbow Bush: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rainbow Bush 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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How to fertilize Rainbow Bush

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

Care Summary for Rainbow Bush

Rainbow Bush

Rainbow Bush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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