My Portulacaria afra (Elephant's Food, Elephant Bush) Is dying. P
I am new here. First of all forgive any grammar or generally language mistakes I make since English is not my mother tongue.
I joined mostly because my favourite plant looks seriously ill.
I would really appreciate any help I can get!!!!!!!
My plant is "Portulacaria afra", also known as "Elephant's Food" or "Elephant Bush". It is approximately 5 years old but I have it for 4 years and the last 2 years it is growing really fast. Especially from this spring until 1 week ago it grew from 70 centimetres (2.3 feet) to 1 meter (3,28 feet). It is planted still in its original pot which is a clay pot 12 centimetres width (4.72 inches) and 9,5 centimetres height (3.74 inches).
I was in the process trying to figure out of this is normal or if I should cut it down a bit but I dont have the heart to touch it. I thought nature knows what itÂs doing. I donÂt want to treat it as a bonsai. I want it to grow naturally. But before I even started my research about it . . . it started . . . The longest branch, which is 1 meter long (3,28 feet), started losing its leaves dramatically. Just by touching it a little bit tenths of healthy leaves are falling. The branch has started loosing its leaves from the top and gradually dying downwards as if something is eating it.
Now I have done my research about it and I will tell you what is NOT wrong with it first.
1) I checked very very thoroughly all the branches and soil and it is not root mealy bugs or any other bugs.
2) I havenÂt moved it and no temperature or light condition has changed in its environment.
3) And last, I havenÂt over watered it!!!!
I water it exactly the same way for 4 years now and it has never complained.
The only time it got in a bad shape was 3 years ago when I moved to a new apartment. It got shocked with the change of light, change of temperature and everything so it lost ALL its leaves and was completely naked for a couple of months. BUT the branches were very healthy and kept on growing till they started growing leaves and thrived again.
Now it is different. Now the branch is dying.
I also noticed during these 4 years some other branches that are wrinkly and thin in some of their parts (not the entire branch) and donÂt look particularly healthy in my opinion, but they have leaves and the upper part of these brunches is green and healthy and still growing.
I donÂt know what to do. Should I replant it? Should I cut it down? I donÂt want to cut it down really . . . but if it stops it from perish I will do it :s
Please please please help me! This plant is my pride and joy of all my plants. It is also the very first plant I ever cared for and the reason I started being interested in plants.
Here I posted some pictures so that you can get a visual of what is happening to my baby!