These succulents need well drained soil and an unglazed pot that will help excess moisture evaporate. The best mixture for this type of plant is cactus soil or potting soil cut by half with sand, vermiculite, or pumice. Choose a location with indirect sunlight when growing elephant bush indoors.
Hereof, is Portulacaria Afra Variegata edible?
Interestingly enough Portulacaria afra ‘variegata‘ is also edible with a sour flavor and is often grazed by elephants. Also this variegated variety specifically grows at a MUCH slower rate than the non-variegated form.
In this regard, why is my Portulacaria Afra dying?
If the plant is dying, that means it’s starting to rot or shrivel and look really sick, or a combination of both. You can still save the plant by saving the viable parts of the plant. Remove or cut off any visible rot, let the cuttings dry for a few days to about a week or so, then stick them in the soil to root.
How often should I water my Portulacaria Afra?
Water the soil every few days or when it feels dry. After about two weeks or so, you will notice new roots growing.
All you need to do is snip off a small piece, get rid of the leaves at the lower part, and allow the bottom part to dry for a few days.
Portulacaria afra in bloom. Jade is at far right. Flowers: If kept dry and stressed, plants produce sprays of tiny purple flowers summer into fall.
The foliage of elephant bush is edible. Other animals, such as goats, eat the plant from the ground up, preventing the plant from surviving.
“Spekboom” (known popularly as “Elephant Bush”) is essential to many browsing animals, including kudu and elephants because of its ability to remain succulent despite periods of searing heat and drought.
Wrinkled Elephant bush leaves are most likely due to improper watering (either too much or too little) or excess sunlight. If you have not watered your plant in a while and the soil is dry to touch, under watering is the most likely cause and the plant should be given a good soak.
The spekboom is an attractive evergreen succulent with its small round emerald-green leaves, borne on startling-red stems. … It is an easy to grow succulent that is heat, drought and fire resistant, and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade.