Portulacaria afra – the name might sound like a mouthful, so it might be easier to refer to this plant by another name. Luckily, it’s a bonsai plant that has plenty of alternatives (elephant bush, porkbush, dwarf jade plant, and spekboom, in Afrikaans, just to name a few!).
In this manner, how do you grow Portulacaria Afra bonsai?
Just so, how do you make an elephant Bush bonsai?
Is Jade plant bonsai?
A native of South Africa, the Jade is an easy-care evergreen Bonsai that should never be exposed to temperatures below 50° F. The trunk of the Jade is thick with a dense branch structure.
The Elephant Bush, (also known as South African Jade or Portulacaria Afra) is a tiny-leafed succulent tree with a rough woody trunk and branches. It will survive with little direct sun, or with all-day sun. If direct sun is available, a few hours a day will improve growth and overall appearance of this bonsai.
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.
What is this? Portulacaria Afra, commonly known as Elephant Bush, are often mistaken for Crassula Ovata ‘Jade Plants’ because they resemble each other in a lot of ways. Although Elephant Bush closely resemble Jade Plants in appearance, they are not at all related.
The primary cause of Elephant Bush losing leaves is overwatering. Too much water prevents pant to get enough oxygen, which encourages fungal rot diseases. … 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.
You can propagate elephant ears by seed, runner or by transplanting. Elephant ears like to grow in soil that is consistently moist. … Plant bulbs about 2 to 4 inches under the soil. Darker varieties can be grown in partial shade, but the lighter cultivars grow best in full light.
Plant in full sun or partial shade. … This is why filtered or partially shaded bright light is ideal. Rainbow Elephant Bush can handle mild frost and cold temperatures to 25° degrees Fahrenheit for a short period of time.