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2 Gallon Portulacaria Afra Elephant Bush

$29.99

Portulacaria afra, commonly known as Elephant Bush or Dwarf Jade, is a popular succulent plant that's relatively easy to care for. Here are some basic care instructions:

1. Light: Elephant Bush thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon, but intense, direct sunlight for prolonged periods may cause leaf burn.

2. Temperature: This plant prefers warm temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) and can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C) in winter. Protect it from cold drafts and temperatures below 40°F (4°C).

3. Watering: Elephant Bush is drought tolerant and prefers to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry in the growing season (spring through fall). Reduce watering in winter, allowing the soil to dry out more between waterings to prevent root rot.

4. Soil: Use a well-draining soil mix designed for succulents or cacti. A mix of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand works well to ensure good drainage.

5. Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced, diluted fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) about once a month. Avoid fertilizing in fall and winter when the plant is dormant.

6. Pruning: Prune back leggy growth to encourage bushier growth and to maintain the desired shape. You can propagate cuttings easily from pruned stems.

7. Propagation: Elephant Bush is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Allow the cut ends to callous over for a few days, then plant them in a well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots develop.

8. Pests: Watch out for common succulent pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

9.Potting: Repot young plants annually in spring to refresh the soil and provide more space for growth. Mature plants can be repotted every 2-3 years as needed.

10. Indoor vs. Outdoor: Elephant Bush can be grown indoors as a houseplant in bright light conditions. It can also thrive outdoors in mild climates as long as it's protected from frost.

By following these care instructions, you should be able to keep your Portulacaria afra healthy and thriving whether it's indoors or outdoors.

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