Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Elephant Food {amazing plant}

Elephant Food?
No, really.  Where both elephants and Portulacaria are native, southwestern Africa, the straight species grows so profusely, and recovers from grazing in only a few weeks, that it can be the majority of an elephant's diet.  Elephants graze the plant from the top-down, which actually fosters reproduction because the grazing scatters a lot of twigs and even branches, which quickly root and help expand as well as thicken the colony.  

This is a fabulous plant! 
Very easy to maintain, tough, fast growing, and beautiful.
Check this out for more detailed information.

Spreading and Cutting:
One of the most appealing things about this plant is how you can purchase one plant and create many others from it with hardly any work at all. 

When it comes time to trim your plant, save a few taller cuttings.

Place fresh cuttings in water. They look great in pitchers and vases!
Change water occasionally to keep it clean.
The cuttings will soon start to sprout roots of their own!
Once they have fairly established roots, transfer to a container or the ground.
Containers are recommended for areas that aren't extreme with heat and frost in the winter.
Unlike here in Arizona.
Place your plant in full sun! 
It loves the heat and requires very little watering, once a week in summer, rain only in fall/winter.
Containers should be moved indoors before frost.


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    1. Thank you! Hobby Lobby, Halloween 2011. ;)

  2. Very pretty plant - I had never heard of it! Thanks for linking up this week! So happy you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  3. I WANT THIS PLANT!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going on a hunt to find one!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  4. I have this out our back door only in Australia we call it a money tree and were always told by the older generation that if kept outside the front/back door then it would bring you more money. Just an old wife's tail but nice all the same :)