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How can I care for my Elephant Bush Succulent?Updated 5 months ago

The Elephant Bush succulent, scientifically known as Portulacaria afra, is a versatile and resilient plant that is popular for its attractive, trailing growth habit and small, round leaves. Here are some care tips to help you keep your Elephant Bush succulent healthy and thriving:

1) Lighting: Elephant Bush succulents thrive in bright, indirect light. Place them near a south or west-facing window where they can receive several hours of sunlight each day. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but be cautious as excessive exposure can cause leaf burn. If you don't have access to bright natural light, you can supplement with artificial grow lights placed at an appropriate distance.

2) Temperature: Elephant Bush succulents prefer average to warm temperatures between 65°F and 85°F (18°C-29°C). They are not frost-tolerant and should be protected from freezing temperatures. Avoid placing them in areas with cold drafts or near heating vents, as sudden temperature fluctuations can stress the plant.

3) Watering: Elephant Bush succulents are drought-tolerant and have low water requirements. Water them thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Stick your finger into the soil to check for moisture—water only when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. During winter, reduce watering frequency as the plant goes into a dormant phase.

4) Humidity: Elephant Bush succulents prefer low to moderate humidity levels. They can tolerate drier air conditions, making them suitable for indoor environments. Avoid placing them in areas with high humidity or excessive moisture, as it can lead to fungal issues or rot.

5) Pruning: Pruning is not necessary for Elephant Bush succulents. However, you can trim or pinch back the stems to promote bushier growth and maintain the desired shape. You can also propagate new plants from the trimmed cuttings by allowing them to callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.

By following these care tips, you can ensure your Elephant Bush succulent thrives! And don’t forget to post a pic of your succulent on social media and tag us @revasedflowers for a chance to be featured!  

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