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Posted 3M ago by @wholesunspurge

Any recommendations?

I am currently trying to bring this plant back to another life. propagating for a couple weeks now. I took the stems out of water to let them dry up after a friend suggested that stem be completely dried out before beginning propagation. What do you guys think?
0ft to light, indirect
2” pot without drainage
Last watered 4 months ago
Some plants thrive better if you let the cuttings scab over before water propagation. I think it looks great
@wholesunspurge Your friend is absolutely correct! The plant needs to callous over before being reintroduced to soil! Elephant bush can be propagated in three ways: root cuttings, stem cuttings, and leaf cuttings. Root cuttings put unnecessary stress on the parent plant, so it is recommended to avoid this. propagating from stem cuttings is just as quick and will be less taking on the parent plant. Propagation by stem cuttings is the easiest way to propagate elephant bush. As with most succulents, leaf or stem cuttings will root very easily under the right conditions. The best time to take cuttings is in spring and summer, during active growth periods, to give the cuttings a good start. Choose a stem with plump leaves with a general look of good health. Use clean hand shears to clip your cuttings just below a node and allow them to dry for a few days before planting. propagation.
Place cuttings cut side down into a container of moist cactus potting soil, you can increase the drainage by adding some pumice, which will hold moisture but drain well. It’s important to keep the soil moist but not wet while the cuttings take root, which takes 1-3 weeks. You can propagate elephant bush from leaves in the same way. However, it will take longer, and stem cuttings have a higher success rate, so it is not the recommended method.
If you are not in a hurry and want to produce a large number of these plants without cutting away too much of the parent plant, simply remove some leaves, allow them to dry for three days and then stick them into a pot of wet soil with the attached side down. They should root within 3 weeks and you will have small plants next year. Elephant bush is considered easy to grow as a houseplant. It does not require an intense amount of attention and can be quite happy with just the occasional watering and a spot near a sunny window. The biggest issue with one of these plants will be overwatering. There are some additional diseases and pests that can affect the elephant bush, but as an indoor succulent plant, these are mostly preventable. Elephant bush has a shallow and delicate root system. This makes them good hanging plants, and they also grow nicely in bonsai pots. The greatest concern is supporting the top portion of the plant, as the roots do not act as a very solid anchor. Both indoors and outdoors, elephant bush has shallow planting needs.
It is imperative to plant your elephant bush in a container with at least one drainage hole so that you don’t run the risk of fungus in the container. Unglazed pots are great for succulents as they absorb water, maintaining moisture in the soil, but preventing saturation.
As a succulent, an elephant bush needs soil that drains very well. Cactus potting soil is a great place to begin. Overwatering this plant can quickly lead to root rot, which is a major killer of indoor succulent plants. Regular potting soil will typically hold too much moisture for these plants. If you want to increase the drainage of the soil, you can mix in some material with coarse particles, such as perlite or sand. A good ratio of soil to perlite or sand would be 3:1. Elephant bush is a succulent and a sun lover. It will tolerate full sun, but the ideal exposure for this plant is bright but indirect sunlight for most of the day.
Like most plants that grow well in indirect bright light, there is a distinct preference for the cooler morning sun. The afternoon sun tends to be hotter and more intense, which may burn the leaves and leave this plant looking leggy.
This plant should be placed near a sunny window where it can receive light for most of the day. If too much afternoon sun is an issue, you can diffuse the light with a sheer curtain, and this plant will feel right at home. These plants do not have high watering needs, although they will perform better if you don’t forget to water them. They do not thrive on neglect at quite the same level as many succulents. When watering, purified water or rainwater is best. Chlorinated water can stress elephant bush roots. Unlike most succulent plants, elephant bush prefers a humid environment. A humidity level of 50% is just about perfect for this plant. If you cannot achieve this humidity level in the home, you can try using a pebble tray or a humidifier to raise the humidity. Misting the plant will also serve this purpose as long as it is done regularly. Elephant bush is not cold tolerant and cannot survive a freeze. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 65Β°-80Β°F, which is also in the ideal range for most humans, which is another factor that makes this a great houseplant.
If you keep your elephant bush outdoors in the warmer months and indoors in the cooler months, expect the plant to undergo some stress when you make the transition. Make the transition gradually by moving the plant to an intermediate space. A shaded spot outdoors will help to minimize the amount of stress. Elephant bush doesn’t need very much in the way of fertilizer. No fertilizer is needed at all during the winter, and once per month will be sufficient in spring and fall. You can increase this to bi-weekly in the summer, but be careful not to overdo it.
Using a low nitrogen formula is best, and dilute your fertilizer to Β½ strength to avoid salt buildup on the roots. Salt buildup can contribute to leaf scorch, so be careful about over-fertilizing. Info: courtesy of EpicGardening.com I hope that all of this info is not overwhelming and I hope it helps. Happy Growing & Good Luck πŸ‘
@Ms.Persnickety wow i appreciate this a bunch !