Portulacaria Afra, Elephant Bush Jade Tree
Exotic Succulent Plant
Portulacaria afra Elephant Bush, Elephant Plant, Miniature Jade Plant, Small leaf Jade, Spekboom. Like most jade plants, the Elephant Bush is relatively low-maintenance and can thrive in most conditions, although they prefer access to fresh air, will take 5-10 years to achieve ultimate height.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Specifications
|Grow Zones:||4-9 Patios / 9-11 Outdoors|
|Mature Height:||7-12 ft.|
|Mature Width:||4-6 ft.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Foliage:||Small Leaf, Green|
|Uses:||Accent Plant, Complements other plants|
|Characteristics:||Rocky Gardens or Container Plant|
|Soil Conditions:||Well draining organic soil|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Portulacaria afra also known as elephant bush, porkbush, purslane tree, is a small-leaf succulent plant native to South Africa. These succulents plants commonly have a brown-red stem and leaves that are small green. They are easy to care for and maintain both as a houseplants or in the landscape, can tolerate shade or full sun.
Planting and Care
PLANTING AND CARE - This plant can perform well in containers, if planting in the ground, dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
LIGHT - Thrives in FULL SUN, tolerates partial shade
WATER - Water, allow the top 1-2 inch of Soil to dry out, may take 7-12 days, water slowly to allow the soil to moist evenly, once established rain water will suffice.
FERTILIZING – No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once you do decide to fertilize You may use a fertilizer formulated for interior plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.
INSECTS OR DESEASES - Here’s another plus, Jade plant is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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