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I cut back on watering to about days when the weather cools.



Jul 06, Leaf drop occurs when the leaves of the elephant bush fall off of the stem suddenly. This happens because the roots at the bottom of the plant have developed funguses from being overwatered too many times. It can kill the plant quickly, so you must take action. First, repot the bush into brand new soil and remove any diseases root that you can treecutter.pwted Reading Time: 5 mins. Nov 14, The same goes for the temperature. If you suddenly move your Elephant Bush from the warmer area to cooler one (and the opposite), the plant may react by shriveling and dropping leaves eventually.

The ideal temperature for your Elephant Bush will be 70 to 85°F (21 to 29°C) during a day and nighttime temperatures should be 50 to 55°F (10 to 13°C).

When it comes to humidity, try to avoid Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Portulacaria afra grows 6 to 8 feet tall and spreads treecutter.pw it as a backdrop plant, and/or prune into a hedge. Portulacaria afra 'Variegata' (tricolor or rainbow elephant bush) first appeared as a sport (variant growth) of Portulacaria treecutter.pw has cream-and-green leaves and pendant, trailing stems; and forms low, shrubby mounds that spread several feet tall and treecutter.pwted Reading Time: 4 mins.

Jul 28, Why Portulacaria Afra “elephant bush” drop leaves? Elephant bush loses its leaves prematurely because of the watering issues. Overwatering and underwatering, both can cause premature loss of leaves. Apr 13, The best mixture for this type of plant is cactus soil or potting soil cut by half with sand, vermiculite, or pumice.



Give the same care as other soft-leaved succulents as explained in my books and this site's Succulent Care Basics page.



Choose a location with indirect sunlight when growing elephant bush indoors. Overly bright sunlight can char the leaves and cause them to drop off. Ensure that the container you choose has wide drainage holes. The most common reason for dropped leaves in Portulacaria Afra is watering issues. Underwatering and overwatering can both cause leaves to drop. During a drought or when underwatered, the plant will drop leaves to conserve its water storage.

It is a survival mechanism.





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