How to Propagate Elephant Bush

Written by Maggie

Dec 06 2021

How to Propagate Elephant Bush

How to propagate the Elephant bush? Seeds and cuttings are generally used for Elephant bush propagation. Of course, grafting and layering can also be used for propagation. Now, let's look at these 4 propagation methods of elephant bush.

propagation methods of elephant bush

Best Time to Propagate Elephant Bush

There are not too many restrictions on the time of propagating elephant bush. Generally, it can be operated all year round, but it is most appropriate to choose spring and autumn. During this time, the climate is relatively mild, the rooting speed is relatively fast, and the probability of survival in the later stage is higher. If elephant bush propagation is carried out in summer, the surrounding temperature needs to be reduced, and the cuttings need to be transferred indoors in winter, so as to ensure the probability of survival.

Best Soil Mix to Propagate Elephant Bush

When choosing the best soil mix to propagate elephant bush, we can choose the soil with good drainage, softness and strong air permeability, which can avoid ponding, otherwise it is easy to rot roots. When preparing soil, you can use a little more rotten leaf soil, and then add garden soil and river sand for mixing. You can also add an appropriate amount of rotten organic fertilizer, which can provide nutrients for elephant Bush's growth.

Things You Will Need During Propagation

How to Propagate Elephant Bush
  • Plant Pot
  • Knife or Scissors
  • Fertilizer
  • Water

Propagate Elephant Bush from Cutting

The cutting propagation method of Elephant bush is a commonly used one. Elephant bush can be propagated from cuttings throughout the year, usually in spring and autumn, in early April or September to October.

First of all, choose strong and plump branches, short internode stem as cuttings, and cut down. Put in a cool environment for a few days, to be cut after dry cuttings, cuttings keep basin soil dry, do not water too much, after 15~20 days will slowly take root.

Propagate Elephant Bush from Seed

Seeding is also commonly used as an Elephant bush propagation method. The operation of elephant bush sowing propagation is very simple and does not require too many tools. Besides, the survival rate of seeding is also high, so it is commonly used by flower friends.

The pot for planting Elephant bush should not be too small. In order to avoid frequent replacement of large pots in the future, it is suggested to choose a 35-40cm pot at the beginning of planting. Then load loose, fertile soil, the prepared seeds planted, a pot of 2~3 can be.

After sowing propagation of elephant bush, cover with plastic bags, ensure certain humidity, and peel off the plastic bags after emergence.

When the Elephant Bush sprouts, the first Elephant Bush sprouts are very similar to the Portulaca oleracea, but don't worry. After a while, the stem of the Elephant Bush will slowly thicken and become discolored. Then you will see the difference.

Propagate Elephant Bush from Grafting

How to Propagate Elephant Bush

When we carry out the grafting propagation method of elephant bush, cut the branches of current year purslane as scion, and the scion should not be too long. Cut the two sides of the base of the scion into a duck bill shape. Then choose the older Elephant bush stump as rootstock, cut all the lateral branches short, and then combine the scion with the rootstock.

Then use plastic bags to tie up the interface, potted in the half shade, do not let the interface encounter water, 10~15 days will survive.

Propagate Elephant Bush from Layering

The Layering propagation method of elephant bush is the process of crushing down the longer stems of the Elephant bush and burying the branches in the ground. The broken branches will slowly grow and form new plants. Layering propagation method of elephant bush can generally be carried out when the branches of Elephant bush are long, so as to avoid pulling the plants and affecting the growth of roots.

propagation methods of elephant bush

How Much Sun is Needed While Propagating an Elephant Bush?

Elephant Bush likes light. If it is cultured in a dark environment for a long time, the leaves of elephant Bush will fall out due to a serious lack of light. At this time, it is necessary to supplement sunlight in time to promote its recovery. Whether the elephant Bush lacks light can be well identified. When its new branches are purplish red, it means that its light is sufficient, and when the new branches of elephant bush are green, it means that the light is insufficient. At this time, it is necessary to supplement sunlight in time.

How To Water a New Elephant Bush

During the growth of elephant bush, we should ensure that it has sufficient water, but avoid ponding. Water once every 4 days in spring and in a ventilated place in summer. Water can be poured twice a week; When the temperature is too high, water less and spray water around to moisturize. The environment is relatively dry in autumn and winter. Watering can be done once every five days. We can spray water around elephant bush. If the temperature is too low, keep the basin soil dry.

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