9/24/2021 I got the inspiration to repot my #ElephantBush from a friend who has hers in a tall planter. I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me sooner but I think this #PortulacariaAfra will be much happier without its branches resting on the ground. And it needed a repot anyway.
8/6/2020 The plant that "started it all" a couple years ago when a friend gave me a plant to care for when I mentioned I wanted to try growing plants but thought I had a black thumb. She advised how to care for it and, once I kept it alive for a bit, started trying new plants and here we are today. #elephant-bush #portulacaria-afra
3/25/2019 The #elephant-bush in the terra cotta pot is my first attempt at growing a plant from a cutting! She's doing great! The other was a later attempt that's also doing well. These were cut from a plant a friend gave me and it helped me rekindle my love of plants so these have a special place in my heart. 😊
@susanar I cut off a stem when it was about six inches long then lightly dipped it in rooting powder, let it sit out for a couple days, then just placed in the soil. When I first placed it in the soil, I watered it thoroughly. But after that, I would spray the plant with water every other day or so. It would be pretty easy to tell if it needed water because the leaves would be drooping and/or appear to be wrinkling.
@susanar As you can see with the one on the left, I used a stake and garden tape to support the cutting while it was rooting. But I've tried propagating even the tiny pieces that break off by just using rooting powder and burying their stem maybe a half inch into soil and spraying with water and they've all eventually rooted. Providing enough sun likely helped, also. I have a cheap grow light from Amazon that I used for the Winter that I'm sure helped!
@susanar I hope that helped. I ran out of typing space. My friend who gave me the first plant told me to water when the soil was dry about two inches down and that was enough for me, it seems. When I spray the planted cuttings, I almost douse them with water. Since they don't have roots yet, they can't really fully absorb water from the soil (and you risk them rotting if they're sitting in wet soil).
@susanr My established plant will drop leaves. I usually figure my dog or I accidentally rubbed against it but I'm not sure. It did so more when it was indoors. Now that it is outdoors, it hasn't dropped any leaves and none are drooping either.
12/15/2018 I murdered my #elephantbush with my desire to propagate it but it's doing well. And it's starting to fill in along the base nicely. I decided I wanted to try letting it spill over the pot instead of staking it. It's stem is nice and strong, though.
I was told this was jade but I wasn't having any luck determining which variety it was. An image for elephant bush popped on something I was looking at and it's near identical to my plant! Apparently, it's often confused with the jade plant, even being called dwarf jade or some variation thereof, even though it's not related to jade. So today is the day I realized this plant is called Elephant Bush! (Portulacaria afra) - Also, here's a trimming from my original elephant bush that is thriving. I
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