☘ 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.
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.
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).