How to grow Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra grow and care – shrub to small tree succulent of the genus Portulacaria also known as Elephant bush, Portulacaria afra perennial evergreen or deciduous plant, used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate in hardiness zone 9-12

Leaves color green round shape.

Portulacaria afra flower

Flower color white or pink in star shape that grow in clusters.

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How to grow Portulacaria afra growing and care:

Well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:
Slugs, snails

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
0.5-5m, 2-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
White or pink in star shape that grow in clusters

Scientific name:

Portulacaria afra

How to grow Portulacaria afra

Portulacaria afra plant care

Growing Portulacaria afra plant

Portulacaria afra plant

Portulacaria afra


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Succulent
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 9