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  • Portulacaria afra 'Red Stem' 4 Inch
  • Portulacaria afra 'Red Stem' 4 Inch

Portulacaria afra 'Red Stem' 4 Inch

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A massive shrub in its native habitat, 'Red Stem' adds color and textural interest to indoor garden planters on a much smaller scale.

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In Africa, this red-stemmed succulent grows into huge bushes that elephants munch on, thus the common name of 'Elephant Bush.' For indoor gardeners, 'Red Stem' is an easily grown, easily shaped addition to container planters for height and as a filler/spiller. The key is to give this jade-like plant lots of light - south or west-facing exposures are best - and deep but infrequent watering. This tender succulent goes dormant in the winter, so be even stingier with water during that time.

Common Name Elephant Bush
Mature Size Can be maintained at 12" high and wide
Growth Rate Moderate
Optimum Temperature 60°-80° F
Characteristics Evergreen, pet-friendly
Light Well-lit room, no direct sun. South or west facing windows ideal.
Water Water thoroughly when top inch of soil is dry
Structure May be pruned to maintain upright or cascading profile
Bloom Color N/A
Uses Houseplant, indoor container planters
Photos Real images, not stock photos
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