25 May 2008

Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra, the Elephant's Food, Spekboom, Dwarf Jade, Elephant Bush

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Portulacaria afra 

Portulacaria afra - Dwarf Jade or Elephant Bush
Easy care succulent from South Africa.
A houseplant, anywhere with adequate bright light. Drought tolerant. Chronic over watering can kill the plant. Can go for several years without repotting. But do let the soil dry out. Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season. Prune by pinching or cutting above a pair of pads

WARNING: Elephants attack this plant as if it were a cat attacking catnip.

Portulacaria afra Semi-cascade

Portulacaria Bonsai
by Jim Smith:

Jim Smith, bonsai master, is donating 100 bonsai trees to Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce.

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa

 The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild Succulents of South Africa: A Guide to the Regional DiversityFodor's the Complete African Safari Planner: With Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia & Kenya [FODOR THE COMP AFRICAN SAFARI]


  1. so beautiful, i was just searching for elephant bush and got your site link. I've been growing this for years in pots but never tried to make bonsai, but after seeing these pics its just Irresistible

  2. I also have a bonsai elephant bush which I have trained for eight years. I have not gotten the leaves to miniturize like the larger specimins in the photos above. Beautiful examples I must say!
    Mike in Minnesota



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