Accordingly, how often do you water an elephant succulent?
In the summer months, I water my Elephant Bush as often as every 7-10 days, sometimes more during a heatwave, giving the plant a good drink. I cut back on watering to about 10-14 days when the weather cools down. If you live in a humid location, you won’t need to water as much.
Then, why is my elephant Bush dropping leaves?
Overwatering is the primary cause of failure in Elephant Bush because it invites fungal rot disease. The leaves of the overwatered plant become swollen and discolored. … Not enough water causes the leaves to dry up and sometimes drop off. This succulent should be watered more often in summer and less in the winter.
Can elephant bush grow in shade?
Elephant bush portulacaria afra requires plenty of bright light and a warm environment to grow and thrive. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
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.
Elephant bush generally only flowers when grown in the ground in mild climates (L), with very tiny pink flowers (R) on the ends of the succulent stems (LC and RC). … Elephant bush is well suited to growing in a hanging or elevated container.
Jacq. Portulacaria afra (known as elephant bush, dwarf jade plant, porkbush and spekboom in Afrikaans) is a small-leaved succulent plant found in South Africa. These succulents commonly have a reddish stem and leaves that are green, but also a variegated cultivar is often seen in cultivation.
Toxicity to Cats, Dogs or Pets Portulacaria Afra ‘Elephant Bush‘ foliage are edible and non-toxic to pets and humans.
Best Time for Repotting Portulacaria Afra. Spring through summer. I like to wait until the temperatures have warmed & the days have gotten a bit longer. In more temperate climates, you can repot from late winter through early fall.
As an indoor plant, its fleshy green leaves, red stems and tendency to form a sculptural bush, make Spekboom a visual delight. Its drought-tolerant properties make this succulent a hardy home cohabitant. Place in bright light to direct sunlight and water once every two weeks.
If severely overwatered, the stems of the plant would start rotting from the bottom. The first sign of this is the stem turning brown/black from the bottom. A plant with constant ‘wet feet’ that does not get enough sunlight rots faster as the plant is not given a chance to dry out.
The first sign of overwatering is swollen and discolored leaves. If you spot these changes in your Elephant Bush, simply replant it in fresh soil and remove any rotten roots. Leaf drop can also be a sign of underwatering. Not getting enough water can cause leaves of Elephant Bush to dry out and eventually fall off.