Written by Maggie
Feb 01 2021
When breeding Portulacaria Afra, it is better to keep the plants in a sunny environment. In summer, attention should be paid to ventilation and shading. Watering should be carried out under the principle of "not watering, watering thoroughly". The following will introduce how to grow and care for Portulacaria Afra.
Portulacaria Afra likes to grow in a sunny and warm and dry environment. It is resistant to half shade. During the growth period, the plants can be maintained on the balcony with sufficient sunshine.
Portulacaria Afra likes to grow in moist pot and soil. During the growth period, it is necessary to master the principle of "do not water, water thoroughly". Drainage should be done in rainy weather, otherwise it will cause rot of roots.
Regular fertilization is the basic condition for Portulacaria Afra care. Liquid fertilizer can be applied every 15 to 20 days during the growth period, mainly with mature cake fertilizer or organic fertilizer. In spring, the compound fertilizer solution should be applied 1 to 2 times to promote the growth of branches and leaves, and fertilization should be stopped in the cold winter.
Since the root system of Portulacaria Afra is developed, it is better to carry out proper basin changing during the growth period to promote root growth, and it is better to carry out basin changing every 2 ~ 3 years. The basin soil can be mainly loose sandy loam, and the weak branches and the branches affecting the appearance should be cut off during the basin changing, and part of the root system should be cut off and then put back into the basin for curing.