Portulacaria afra - June 2010 re-pot
Good morning, GardenWebbers!
Although you might say Jades are my "thing," I do occasionally spend time with my other plants... ;)
Yesterday, for instance, I finally re-potted this Portulacaria afra (Elephant's Food Bush, Spekboom)
that I received as a cutting last April. Rooted and grown in a plastic .71 gallon container since then.
For this re-potting, I chose a pond basket ($5) as my container.
My mix is composed of Orchid Bark, Perlite, and two types of Pumice (white-micro and red-macro).
I won't do any more foliage pruning until the plant's roots are re-established.
The Port. afra, languishing in its root-bound condition:
Tell-tale sign that I should have re-potted long ago....
The pond-basket for the new container.
Top Secret ingredients, recommended by NASA ;)
Secret Ingredients assembled and ready to be implemented.
Bark, Perlite, White and Red Pumice...
Washing the roots off, but leaving a decent root-ball.
In the new container, potted in fresh mix:
Back up on the deck where it will recuperate: