Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta'
Midstripe Rainbow Bush
Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' is a slow-growing succulent shrub with attractive bright reddish-pink stems and small green leaves with broad white stripes down their middle. The leaves are ovate, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long. They sometimes have little or no green. Flowers are pink, star-shaped, and appear in small clusters.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Choose a location with indirect sunlight when growing Elephant Bush indoors. Overly bright sunlight can char the leaves and cause them to drop off. Ensure that the container you choose has wide drainage holes. The most common mistake made in succulent plants is watering. They are drought tolerant but do require watering from spring to fall. In winter, the plants are dormant, and you may suspend watering. Elephant Bush plants in the home interior should not have consistently wet feet. Make sure the pot drains well, and don't leave a saucer with water sitting under the container. Fertilize in late winter to early spring with an indoor plant fertilizer diluted by half.
Like most succulents, Elephant Bush is easy to reproduce from cuttings. Take cuttings in spring or summer for best results. Let the cutting dry out and callous for a couple of days, and then plant the cutting in damp gritty soil in a small pot.
Portulacaria afra 'Medio-picta' is a variegated cultivar of Portulacaria afra.
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