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Portulacaria Afra, Elephant Bush

Portulacaria Afra, Elephant Bush

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Portulacaria Afra-’Elephant Bush’ is native to South Africa. They serve as food for elephants and other wildlife in their native habitat and can grow up to 20 feet tall. They have reddish-brown stems with glossy green leaves. Other names of Portulacaria Afra include porkbush and spekboom.

These plants are very easy to grow and propagate. They are hardiest in USDA zones 9-11. They grow upright horizontally but can also spread out laterally and sprawl or hang, which makes them a great choice for hanging baskets.

Light: If caring for the plant indoors, provide the brightest light possible in the house. A south facing window will work best, but an east or west facing windows will also do. You may need to move the plant a few times until you find the right spot. Ideally, the plant needs at least 5-6 hours of light.If your area does not receive adequate sunlight or you have poor lighting at home, consider using a growlight so your plants can meet their lighting needs to grow properly, especially during those dark winter months.

Watering: Watering largely depends on the climate you live in. These plants are highly adapted to dry conditions and drought but they thrive when given sufficient water. There really isn’t a set schedule or formula on when to water succulent plants like these. One good way to tell whether it’s time to water is to check the moisture of the soil. The top inch of the soil needs to feel dry before you can water again. If you are unsure how much and how often to water in the beginning, it’s always better to underwater and increase watering as needed. Pay attention to how your plant looks and you can adjust watering accordingly.

 

Portulacaria Afra 'Elephant Bush' foliage are edible and non-toxic to pets and humans.

 

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