Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: will an elephant bush hang on it's pot in time???

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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jojoe
Apr 22, 2012 4:10 PM CST
Hello all,

I have 2 elephant bush's one i propagated from a cutting,the other i bought in a little tiny pot not long ago.I was in Home depot & seen one in a HB.Is there a certain kind different than what i have that will hang?Mine was labeled Portulacaria afra aka Spekboom. I was thinking of potting these 2 in the same pot since the new one has to come out of that little pot soon.I would like them to hang but the stems are straight,thick & show no signs of hanging over.They are leaning towards the sun,i don't turn them enough.The silver pot is the 2 i rooted they are doing great getting new limbs.

Any info on how to care for them would be appreciated greatly.Now i have them in direct sun & try to keep them watered.

this is the only picture i could find of them both.There are other plants in the picture but the elephant bush's are up front.I'm sure you know just wanted to let you know which plants i was calling Elephant bush.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 23, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Hi Jojoe! I also grow Elephant bush..and mine is growing also in a container, just growing taller, and it does not do little ones a lot. I am thinking it is affected by how much sun it gets. It seems to favor being in full sun the whole day, while in my garden it gets part sun.

I saw my aunt's Elephant bush, and her plant grows downward, so it is hanging over naturally. Not sure which type does that..but here is a photo of her plant:
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My cousin in Chula Vista, CA grows their elephant bush on the ground and it really got very tall and robust, looked like a natural fence post with leaves Big Grin

I am keeping mine in a container..in a container and with part sun, I am hoping it will not grow too tall..here is how my plant looks like:

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Oh interesting..finally some baby ones on the side:
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Apr 25, 2012 10:53 AM CST
Thank you for sharing the pictures with me Tarev,

Your aunt's plant has very long stems and i can't see a plant growing that tall with out hanging.It also looks a little different in the picture,does the plant seem the same as your in person?

When i first rooted mine it just grew straight up and didn't grow any baby limbs from the main stalk until i fertilizer it with super thrive.It is now forming little baby limbs in 3 or 4 places.

As a matter of fact everything i water with the super thrive added absolutely has taken off with new growth & then putting everything outside almost doubled that growth.I don't know if you have ever used it or not.I had heard about it and looked every where for it even a green house in the closest large town,i live in the boonies.The lady in the greenhouse said she ordered hers on-line.

Just out of the blue a few months ago the walmart in my town started carrying it.It's about $12. for a 4 oz. bottle.But you only have to use a quarter of a teaspoon to a gallon of water.It's not a fertilizer so i add it to a gallon of whatever fertilizer i'm using.It says it's hormones,vitamins etc... none of the npk in it at all.It has brought half dead plants back for me.I love it!!! sorry if i just told you all that and you already know about it!!!

Have a nice day and i hope your having weather as nice as i am!!!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 25, 2012 11:50 AM CST
Hi Jojoe, yup the photo of my aunt's e. bush is just how it looks in person. I was surprised to see it growing that way too..but she does have good garden location, lots of full southern cali sun over there.

I have seen super thrive in our stores too, but have not used it. Still trying to make the plants do their growing on their own. I do at times use rooting hormones with fungicide.

We have some drizzling overcast weather today. Feels nice actually plus I do not have to water the plants Big Grin
Have a nice day as well! Smiling
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Apr 30, 2012 5:17 PM CST
Tarev,

In the middle picture of your elephant bush,what is the plant that is next to it in the planter?It's the one on the end of the planter it has tall stems and small leaves.Just curious didn't recognize it but did like it.
Hurray!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 30, 2012 5:58 PM CST
It is called Crassula perforata..here is a closer look:

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It also makes its small little blooms:
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extranjera
May 1, 2012 10:21 AM CST
I just recognized your 'elephant bush' as what we call here a 'money plant'. The story is that if you have one in your house, money will come to you. I think most people have one around someplace just in case Smiling Mine was a housewarming gift and it was stuck away in a corner for awhile. I found it and put it out in full sun and it is looking much better. Some of the branches do hang over the sides of the pot naturally, but some seem to head straight up at least for awhile.

Doesn't this look like the same plant? The stems are much redder than they appear in this picture.

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
May 2, 2012 8:41 AM CST
I agree

that's a very beautiful elephant bush/money tree.
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