Water the soil every few days or when it feels dry. After about two weeks or so, you will notice new roots growing.
Accordingly, how do I save my Afra in Portulacaria?
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. Keep away from direct sunlight and water when dry. In a few weeks’ time, you will see new growth and new roots develop.
One may also ask, what’s Wrong With My Elephant Bush?
Overwatering and Underwatering
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. Leaf drop may occur in severe cases. To save a plant that has been overwatered, repot it after removing any rotten roots.
Why is my elephant Bush leaves wrinkled?
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.
It does well in full to partial sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place it in a sunny window. This succulent tends to stretch easily if not given enough sunlight, however the stretching isn’t as noticeable as other succulents.
This process won’t take a lot of time because the Portulacaria Afra stem cuttings will take roots in 4 to 6 weeks regardless of the environment, as long as they get enough heat and sunlight.
“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.
Elephant bush succulents in the home interior should not have consistently wet feet. Make sure the pot drains well and don’t leave a saucer with water sitting under the container. Fertilize in late winter to early spring with an indoor plant fertilizer diluted by half.
The plant readily produces buds wherever branches or even leaves are removed, so it is easily kept almost any size or shape by pinching or cutting just above a pair of leaves pruning. Elephant bush is well suited to growing in a hanging or elevated container.
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.