portulacaria afra

  1. K

    Portulacaria Afra choices.

    Hello guys! First Post ever here, so be gently (or not) i can stand it :p. I got a purchase of a Portulacaria Afra (not my first) but this one is a lot bigger and more a challenge then my little one before. Saw this one and it was that cheap, I thought this could be a good bonsai candidate...
  2. Paul Welsh

    Cork Bark just re potted

    Just re potted my Cork Bark Portulacaria Afra
  3. T

    Cork Bark Jade (Portulacaria Afra) is no longer growing leaves and instead is growing tiny compact brown clusters. What are these things?

    My Portulacaria Afra (that im trying to grow into a cascade style bonsai), stopped growing leavess and started pushing out these strange compact brown clusters instead. Does anyone here have any idea what is happening? Im wondering if this means that it's time to defoliate it completely?
  4. Leafie-plants

    Portulacaria Afra tanuki bonsai?

    is it possible to shape a portulacaria afra (elephant bush/ spekboom) into a tanuki-style bonsai with driftwood? has anyone tried this? thoughts??
  5. BonjourBonsai

    Dwarf jade - from one...many!

    Went to home Depot for something (I think I made up an excuse for something). I found this awesome bunch of trees. I've never had a dwarf jade before. Now I have a dozen!
  6. Séan Warnick

    Look at my Spekboom.(Portulacaria Afra)

    My transplanted spekboom is final starting to recover. Started from a cutting about 15 years ago when I was still a laaitie. It's been field grown for about 7 years and was transplanted 2 months ago. 70cm tall with a trunk diameter of 42cm at the base. Absolutely beautiful taper. I have...
  7. J

    Portulacaria afra - Trunk base has different texture + white fuzz

    Hello! I've gotten this bonsai tree a few months ago as a gift so I am still new at taking care of it. I am a little concerned about 2 things and I would appreciate your help/advice on them! First Problem: I've noticed that the base of the trunk looks a lot more flaky/shriveled up compared to...
  8. I

    Yellow Jade

    2 things, 1st order of business, this… And then to the next, I’m at my wit’s end with this tree, I give it all the sunlight it can get. Sun rises over the house’s roof between 8 and 9, and sets behind the opposite building just before 4. I still get so much sunlight that I had to move my...
  9. MattE

    My 3D printed Mame pot

    Just wanted to share a pot and stand I printed for my little mame "in progress" portulacaria afa. After alittle elbow grease , paint and sealer and im calling it done for now. Thanks for looking!
  10. S

    Portulacaria Afra check in (help!)

    Hello my fellow enthusiasts, I posted about this tree a little while ago and could use some advice. I repotted my little portulacaria afra on June 18th (totally dry, as per Adam’s advice), into my homemade mix of lava, pumice, turface, coconut husk and some granite. I then waited a full 10...
  11. N

    Portulacaria Afra - Nursery Repotting

    Hi everybody. I'm Paolo from Italy. I'm pretty new to the bonsai world and a couple of months ago a started collecting some small Portulacarias (those already in bonsai pots usually sold for 15 euro in garden shops). Yesterday I was visiting a Bonsai shop in order to buy materials for my soil...
  12. O

    Looking for styling advice on this P. Afra I just brought home

    Looking for some ideas on how I can style this P. Afra. It will be my first time doing much in the way of styling but I've done a lot of research over a couple of years and continue to read and learn. Here's a bunch of photos from different angles of the tree. I'm a really big fan of the type of...
  13. S

    Portulacaria afra pests

    I’ve got a few portulacaria afra inside under a grow light until it is warm enough to move them back outside. Just noticed a bunch of white things, I think they are bug casings, on the leaves of some of the plants. Was wondering what people thought they might be and the best way to deal with...
  14. Ben1124

    Dwarf jade in recovery - need help!

    Hello Bonsai Nut community! I bought a Portulacaria Afra from Brussel's about 5 months ago and need some help reviving it. I started getting into bonsai about 5 years ago and this is my first Port. As usual, the nursery soil was a bit too water retentive so I've tried to be very careful with...
  15. Antrox

    Portulacaria Afra - repotting and hardcutting

    Hello all, I have a 10/12-year-old portulacaria that needs some work. It is very vigorous and healthy. I am planning to check the roots, pruning them if necessary, and repositioning the trunk that now it is too lean. On top of that, I would like to remove a couple of massive branches that grew...
  16. I

    Dwarf Jade Development

    Hello, Attached are a couple angled pictures of this P. afra specimen I picked up online. I have already structurally pruned it, but I have a hard time deciding the trunk like and when to prune. Also, how do I make the trunk line smooth from the stumps of previous cuts? Thanks!
  17. swatchpost

    Using osmocote for portulacaria afra

    Quick question: I've begun using osmocote on my p. afra and have given it a healthy dose on top of the soil. It's loving it. The instructions say it's good for up to six months of slow-release feeding. When do you all replenish the osmocote? After six months? Earlier? Thanks! Yusef
  18. I

    P. afra Newbie

    Hello Everyone! I recently obtained a little P. afra pre-bonsai from an online shop. I have attached pictures of all angles. I'm having difficulty on what to decide to do with it. I'm hoping for a nice formal upright style, but I think on of those first branches are going to have to go. Any...
  19. LeftHandLuke

    Managing Portulacaria Afra Branch Thickness

    Question about managing branch thickness on a fairly mature portulacaria afra... Let's say you have a first branch that's half an inch thick near its base, but you have a third branch that's 3/4 of an inch thick near its base. And you want that first branch to be a hearty soul, much thicker than...
  20. Bchnit1

    Brand Newbie - First attempt to Create Cascade Bonsai with 10 year old Portulacaria Afra

    Woohoo. First post. So I’ve been reading beginner books and have been all over YouTube trying to get up the nerve to just begin this project. Have all my entry tools, wiring, bonsai soil, and a pot, although it only has one drain hole. The plant has already done all the work by deciding on its...
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    Initial styling complete in January 2017.
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    Starting the initial restyling in 2016.
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    Purchased 12/2016.
  24. Mt Goat

    Portulacaria Afra Massacre (?)

    Hi everyone. Ive been reading bonsainut.com for awhile now, but this is my first post. I think it belongs here based on other posts. I have recently made the decision to become obsessed with develop a healthy well-adjusted hobby centered around bonsai. I have purchased this porkbush (see...
  25. J

    portulacaria afra Care tips (elephant bush)

    so questions about portulacaria afra. I was looking for indoor bonsai and had some portulacaria afra in succulent arrangements so chose that one. See photo attached. All leaves are turning black and dropping off. I am watering every 3-4 days as soil dries out and happening with both soil types...
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