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Variegated elephant bush, Portulacaria afra variegata, Jade plant variegated - Plant

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Description for Variegated elephant bush, Portulacaria afra variegata, Jade plant variegated

The Jade plant is the ultimate symbol of prosperity in China. Its flat round leaves and compact shape makes it the Asian equivalent of a money tree. They survive well in the small shallow containers. Jades are evergreen plants with thick branches and smooth, rounded, fleshy variegated leaves that grow in opposite directions.

Silver dollar jades are hardy to plant year-round outdoors. The plant is considered a succulent shrub and will grow up to 10 feet tall.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Elephant Bush, Elephant Food, Elephant Plant, Miniature Jade, Dwarf Jade, Dwarf Jade Plant, Small Leaf Jade, Porkbush Not defined Not defined Up to 10 feet. Easy to grow

Planting and care

For indoor cactus & succulents, recommended pot size is 10inch, it may do well in 6-inch pot as well.

Use a potting soil mix with a little sand; a cactus & succulents like good drainage. You can mix in a little slow release organic fertilizer. Make sure to pack down the soil around the transplanted plant, and thoroughly water it, to help spur the rooting process in the new soil.

It requires normal watering when the soil is dry in the summer, and very little watering in the winter. You can apply low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks between spring and early fall.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full to partial sunlight Coarse sand Moderately 25 to 35 degrees C. Implement a low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks between spring and early fall.

Caring for Variegated elephant bush

  • The most common mistake made in succulent plants is watering.
  • They are drought tolerant but do require watering from April to October.
  • In winter the plants are dormant and you may suspend watering.
  • Elephant bush succulents in the home interior should not have consistently wet feet.
  • Make sure the pot drains well and do not leave a saucer with water sitting under the container

Typical uses of Variegated elephant bush

Special features: It is easily grown as a seasonal accent plant or low maintenance houseplant in our part of the world. Also sometimes called elephant food or elephant plant; dwarf jade, miniature jade or small leaf jade.

Ornamental use: The home interior is an excellent place to grow elephant bush houseplants.


  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/portulacaria/growing-elephant-bush.html
  • http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/portulacaria-afra-variegata/

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