☘ Origin: South Africa
☘ Family: Didiereaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra
☘ Common Name: Elephant Bush
Symbolism: It's the ultimate symbol of prosperity in China. It has flat round leaves, and its compact shape makes it the Asian equivalent of a money tree. This evergreen plant has thick branches and smooth, rounded, fleshy leaves that grow in opposite directions.
This Bonsai absolutely love the sun. It needs lots of direct sunlight near to a well-sunlight window.
Give your plant a turn every few days to expose all sides to light for even growth from all sides.
It can hold large amounts of water in its trunk and leaves. In summer, during the growing season, water well but allow the plant to dry between waterings. During winter, watering is reduced. Overwatering can be particularly harmful as it quickly rots the roots and may kill the plant.
To give your plant the absolute best, room-temperature rainwater and bottled spring water are your best options. Any water containing sugar or salt will hurt your plant!
The Portulacaria Afra does not require high humidity! It will thrive well in room-temperature humidity. Don't moisten the elephant bush!
Portulacaria Bonsai tolerates a variety of growing conditions. Since it is tropical it must be protected from cold temperatures (below 10°C). During winter you must be careful where do you place your Bonsai, since it has very low tolerance to low temperature and frost.
Feed twice a week during the growing season, from Spring to Autumn, with an organic liquid Bonsai fertilizer.
Foliage are edible and non-toxic to pets and humans.
➕ Additional Tips
The Jade is strong when it's watered correctly and is receiving sufficient sunlight. The development of red edges on the leaves is a good indicator that the plant is receiving sufficient sunlight. This plant will weaken in low light conditions making it sensitive to pests such as mealy bugs. If taken care of, you should not experience any issues with its health.
⛔ HIGH RISK
● Do Not Overwater! This will cause leaf drop and root rot that eventually could kill the plant. The worst thing you can do regarding watering is "give it too much".
● Make sure your plant is not placed near Heat or AC source. It is best to keep consistent room temperature throughout the seasons and not turn off Heat or AC when away or traveling. The best temperature ratio for almost any plant is (15°C-24°C).
Above all, make sure you’re ready for plant parenthood.
💡 These essential care instructions are just guidelines; watering frequency, care routine will vary depending on location, light, temperature, humidity and air circulation in a space -- and most of all on your care.
💡 Your plant relies on you to give it healthy living conditions and deserves plenty of TLC. In fact, the mere act of paying attention to it on daily basis -- or "listening | talking" to it, if you will -- is one of the most important things you can do as a plant parent.
💡 If you see any signs of distress, you may need to act immediately to save your plant.
💡 On top of useful plant care advice, is expanding your knowledge and self-study in regard to your specific plants types. Further reading is a great resource for learning all about your plants, and the proper care that each of them needs along with any signs of distress or diseases. You can learn which are the best spots for your plants in your home, how to grow different plants, how to water your plants correctly, how to treat immediately and more.
💡 At the end of the day, you’re the plant’s guardian and your plant cannot survive without your love and care.