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Elephant Bush

Original price was: €45,00.Current price is: €40,00.

An easy to take care of, tough and hardy species with a reddish stem and small green leavese. The flowers are star shaped and white or pink in colour.  With its eye-catching bonsai like appearance the Elephant Bush is perfect for a sunny windowsill.

Availability: 1 in stock

All our plants are locally sourced, from local stock or locally produced seeds. All soil and compost used is locally sourced, fully organic and pesticide free. These features ensure that all plants sold in our store are fully acclimatised to the Maltese climate and so are more prone to thrive at their new home.

As much as possible we try to utilise recycled or re-purposed planters for our plants to reduce our impact on the environment. Once at their new home they can be replanted in any container you wish, however if you prefer that we deliver you plants in a more traditional plastic planter we can do this as well.

Common NameElephant Bush
Botanical NamePortulacaria afra
Plant TypePerennial
Mature SizeCan grow as much as 4.5m tall
Sun ExposureLight Shade to Full Sun
Soil TypeRich, well-drained
Soil pH6-8
Bloom TimeSpring
AppearanceGreen leaves with reddish tips
Hardiness Zones10-11
Native AreaSouth Africa
ToxicityNot Toxic to people and pets

Elephant Bush Care

Elephant Bush plants are considered particularly easy to care for both inside and outdoors. This plant is healthier with access to full sun or in a partially shaded location.

This plant requires minimal watering and is considered to be drought-tolerant. Be sure to allow the top inch of the soil or potting medium to dry out before watering in the warmer months. During its growth season, liquid fertilizer can be applied to the soil on a monthly basis. The plant will be in its rest phase in the winter months, so you should water half as often.

This plant takes on a deeper green hue when kept in the shade or partial shade. It becomes lighter in colour and produces smaller leaves with more sun exposure. It will do best when ambient temperatures are at 20°C.

The Elephant Bush isn’t toxic to people and pets. In Southern Africa it is commonly eaten, usually as one component of a salad or a soup and is also used to feed livestock during periods of drought due to its succulent nature. It is also one of the many plants used as a traditional treatment for skin conditions used by people in rural areas that do not have easy access to more modern medicine.

 

Weight0,1 kg
Dimensions15 × 15 × 15 cm