Elephant Bush - Portulacaria afra
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Are you an avid Gardener? Are you tired of the same old plants taking up space in your garden? Do you crave something unique that will catch your eye every time you walk by?
Introducing the Elephant bush succulent, a vibrant plant that adds a splash of color to your garden. This Afra variety is the most popular Elephant succulent and has thick, waxy, light green leaves and brownish-reddish stems that can reach incredible heights if given the proper growing conditions. Because the Portulacaria afra and Jade plants have similar appearances, they are sometimes referred to as Mini Jade or Dwarf Jade Portulacaria afra.

Elephant Bush Plant Care


Watering Needs 

Watering elephant bush succulents should be done typically like other succulents, allowing the soil to almost completely dry out between waterings. Overwatering can harm the plant and cause root rot. During the summer, you should water your succulents once or twice a month when the soil is dry to the touch, about 1-2 inches deep.  During the winter, you probably do not need to water them at all. 

Light Requirements  

Like many other succulents, the elephant bush also requires bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. Although partial shade in the afternoon is frequently preferred, these plants need at least six hours of strong light each day to survive. This is true, especially in hotter climates where the plant may become stressed by the afternoon sun's intense heat. Your succulents should not be placed in any areas that receive continuous, direct sunlight, as this could lead to burned foliage.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

Elephant succulents are very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5; succulents require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy, wet soil can damage your succulent and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive.   

Natural fertilizers are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your succulent some love with a good natural fertilizer!  

Hardiness Zones & More 

As desert dwellers, the Portulacaria afra – elephant bush enjoys hot temperatures. Don't worry if your succulents become too hot; they can tolerate triple-digit temperatures in the summer and prefer constant temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This elephant succulent, on the other hand, cannot handle frost, cold, or freezing temperatures, so make sure it doesn't get below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in its environment.  If grown outdoors, elephant bush grows best in USDA zone 9 - 11. In cooler zones, it can be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own elephant bush - Portulacaria afra today! 

Bloom Season Late summer, early fall
Botanical Name Portulacaria afra
Common Name Elephant Bush
Dormancy Winter
Flower Color Pink, white
Genus Portulacaria
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 ft. tall, 6 in. wide
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem cuttings, divisions
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Star shaped showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Portulacaria afra

Generally speaking, the elephant bush is a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. Mealybugs and scale insects are the most common pests, and they can cause white patches or brown spots on the body, respectively. Don't be worried if you find any of these pests on your elephant bush succulent plant. They can be eliminated with ease. 

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

The most common problems are:  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.  

Leggy Growth: If you start noticing that your plant is growing leggy, simply move it to a bright area because this is a sign that there isn't enough light. 

Portulacaria afra FAQs

Is Portulacaria afra a houseplant?  

Portulacaria afra, commonly known as the 'elephant bush' or 'dwarf jade plant', is a popular indoor plant due to its easy care and attractive appearance. It is a succulent that can tolerate low light and infrequent watering, making it a great choice for beginners or those with busy schedules.  

Is Portulacaria afra - elephant bush a money plant? 

One of the common houseplants is the African native 'Portulacaria Afra'. It is also known as the Good Luck Jade Plant, Lucky Plant, Money Tree, and Friendship Tree and is thought to be a symbol of good fortune. 

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Are you an avid Gardener? Are you tired of the same old plants taking up space in your garden? Do you crave something unique that will catch your eye every time you walk by?
Introducing the Elephant bush succulent, a vibrant plant that adds a splash of color to your garden. This Afra variety is the most popular Elephant succulent and has thick, waxy, light green leaves and brownish-reddish stems that can reach incredible heights if given the proper growing conditions. Because the Portulacaria afra and Jade plants have similar appearances, they are sometimes referred to as Mini Jade or Dwarf Jade Portulacaria afra.

Elephant Bush Plant Care


Watering Needs 

Watering elephant bush succulents should be done typically like other succulents, allowing the soil to almost completely dry out between waterings. Overwatering can harm the plant and cause root rot. During the summer, you should water your succulents once or twice a month when the soil is dry to the touch, about 1-2 inches deep.  During the winter, you probably do not need to water them at all. 

Light Requirements  

Like many other succulents, the elephant bush also requires bright, indirect sunlight to thrive. Although partial shade in the afternoon is frequently preferred, these plants need at least six hours of strong light each day to survive. This is true, especially in hotter climates where the plant may become stressed by the afternoon sun's intense heat. Your succulents should not be placed in any areas that receive continuous, direct sunlight, as this could lead to burned foliage.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

Elephant succulents are very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5; succulents require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy, wet soil can damage your succulent and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive.   

Natural fertilizers are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your succulent some love with a good natural fertilizer!  

Hardiness Zones & More 

As desert dwellers, the Portulacaria afra – elephant bush enjoys hot temperatures. Don't worry if your succulents become too hot; they can tolerate triple-digit temperatures in the summer and prefer constant temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This elephant succulent, on the other hand, cannot handle frost, cold, or freezing temperatures, so make sure it doesn't get below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in its environment.  If grown outdoors, elephant bush grows best in USDA zone 9 - 11. In cooler zones, it can be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own elephant bush - Portulacaria afra today! 

Bloom Season Late summer, early fall
Botanical Name Portulacaria afra
Common Name Elephant Bush
Dormancy Winter
Flower Color Pink, white
Genus Portulacaria
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 12 ft. tall, 6 in. wide
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem cuttings, divisions
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Star shaped showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Portulacaria afra

Generally speaking, the elephant bush is a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. Mealybugs and scale insects are the most common pests, and they can cause white patches or brown spots on the body, respectively. Don't be worried if you find any of these pests on your elephant bush succulent plant. They can be eliminated with ease. 

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

The most common problems are:  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.  

Leggy Growth: If you start noticing that your plant is growing leggy, simply move it to a bright area because this is a sign that there isn't enough light. 

Portulacaria afra FAQs

Is Portulacaria afra a houseplant?  

Portulacaria afra, commonly known as the 'elephant bush' or 'dwarf jade plant', is a popular indoor plant due to its easy care and attractive appearance. It is a succulent that can tolerate low light and infrequent watering, making it a great choice for beginners or those with busy schedules.  

Is Portulacaria afra - elephant bush a money plant? 

One of the common houseplants is the African native 'Portulacaria Afra'. It is also known as the Good Luck Jade Plant, Lucky Plant, Money Tree, and Friendship Tree and is thought to be a symbol of good fortune. 

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