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angeldove44

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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:49 pm   Post subject: I need information about the Elephant Bush I just bought


does anyone have a site i can go to and read about my plant i bought me a elephant bush (PS: Portulacaria afra (Elephant Bush)) yesterday and its so pretty i had to put it in a bigger pot. i just need to read more about it and what to do anyone no a site thanks Smile Question




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Droopy


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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:50 pm   


Here you are:

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week216.shtml

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PepperDude

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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:12 pm   


Droopy thanks for the link to that site. Now i have found one in there that's gonna drive me bonkers trying to find.

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angeldove44

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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:17 pm   Post subject: :) thanks


thank you so much for the link Stew Face 2 Stew Face 1 Razz

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Droopy


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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:52 pm   


You're both very welcome. Laughing Which is it PD?

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PepperDude

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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:59 pm   


I just have to have it.

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week427.shtml

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Droopy


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Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:05 pm   


I hope you'll be able to find some seed somewhere. It looks like an interesting plant. But I found a site carrying a warning:

Pregnant and lactating women is to avoid the plant. Children too. 20-50% of the Japanese working with the plant will get rashes on their hands, so avoid bare skin contact. Chinese herbal medicine take great care not to give this plant to people who perspirate a lot or have sufferings with "moist heat", whatever that implies.

Sounds like a plant one should be careful with.

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angeldove44

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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:12 pm   


i bought me this elephant bush and its doing good but do the leaves fall off of it ? please let me no thanks

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angeldove44

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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:46 pm   Post subject: my elephant bush


i went to the site but i don't see any info on there i just wanted to no if the leaves are suppose to drop off thanks

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Droopy


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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:54 pm   


I think they are supposed to fall off, a few at a time. When we had one, the oldest leaves wilted and fell off after some time, but there were always new ones forming on top. I managed to kill the poor thing by over-watering it in the end.

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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:55 pm   


Dropping leaves can be from overwatering, underwatering, too little sun, too much sun.

And since you mention that you just repotted it, that could be the problem too. Plants go into shock when they are repotted or transplanted, they wilt/drop leaves while the roots are recooperating from the move.
If you follow the info on that website about location and watering, when the roots are have adjusted to their new home the plant should start putting out new leaves and be just fine.

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angeldove44

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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 3:59 pm   Post subject: thank you so much


yes i have it in my bath room do they like alot of sun i have been putting water under the pot to where it soaks it up i hope i'm doing this right i don't want to kill it

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toni


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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:10 pm   


That website does say they need full sun, so I would take it out of the bathroom and put it outside in the sun.
I am not sure but watering from the bottom like that might cause root rot from too much water, especially since it is not getting the sun it needs.

That website info also states that letting the top of the soil dry somewhat between waterings works well so you might try that. Stick you finger into the soil and if it is dry down to the first knuckle then water a little but don't flood it.

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angeldove44

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Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:29 pm   Post subject: thank you


thank you for the info i will put it in the sun and out of my bath room lol. this helps me out alot thanks so much Razz

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