Portulacaria Indoor Bonsai Starter Tree
Portulacaria is a native succulent of Eastern Africa where it grows in dry situations as a shrub up to 5m high. Elephant Bush comes from the fact that elephants like to browse on the plants. Attractive small leaves and occasionally will bear small, star-shaped, pink flowers.
Portulacaria is the perfect plant for cultivation as indoor bonsai. It will thrive in very warm dry conditions and can even stand having it's soil dry completely for short periods of time. One thing this tree WILL NOT stand is very wet soil that is waterlogged for long periods.
Latin name: Portulacaria afra
Frost hardy: NO, minimum winter temp' 7˚ Celsius
Position: Best in full sun
Watering: Water only when dry to the touch
Fertilizer: weekly when in growth
Re-potting: Infrequently repot 2-3 years in summer
Winter protection in U.K: Protect from low temperatures
Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2
Approximate height: 10-12" above the pot with nice size trunk diameter.
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