Elephant Bush help.

shannonmetalJuly 26, 2014

I purchased my plant almost a month ago from Lowe's (probably not the best store choice I know) but since having it I've only watered it once a week. It was in regular soil and after doing a little research I switched it over to cactus/perlite soil mix. I have been seeing a lot of leaf dropping happening over the past 2 weeks, I'm completely out of anymore ideas on what to do to help it. It's in a nice sunny window and I make sure not to give it too much water every week. Can anyone offer advice?

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Holy moly, that is overpotted! Mine is two feet tall and thriving in a six-inch bulb pot. I water it once a month, when I remember.
Try putting it in Al's gritty mix in a smaller pot. Was it in the shade at Lowes ? If it was and you immediately placed it in the sun it would drop its leaves. Lighting changes must be gradual.
Don't give up, these guys are tough and will respond to proper care.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 7:44AM
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I agree with seedmoney they gritty mix would work best, mine trails over its pot. If you can't repot right away the soil should dry out before it should be watered

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:19AM
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Agreed. Pot too big, bad soil. That little fella will be dead in no time with that combo, so as noted above, look up gritty mix, and get it into a smaller pot.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:39AM
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I would remove it from that pot to let it dry out for a few days. Repot into a fast draining mix and DO NOT water for another 5-7 days. Are you keeping the plant indoors or out? If out, where do you live? Your weather has a lot to do with how often you should be watering, especially now.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:34PM
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Portulacaria afra can happily go 6-9 months without any water at all. It's drowning.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:43PM
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Since this post I have moved my plant into a clay pot and it's in gritty mix it's seems to be doing better now. I live in Washington state and keep it indoors in my bedroom window now. Since repotting I haven't watered it . It's slowly coming back to life.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 12:22PM
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Delighted to hear the good news!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 2:08PM
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