Portulacaria Afra Bonsai Care Guide

Nate's Nursery

Portulacaria Afra – Drawf Jade

Updated: 7/17/2018


Make sure to prune with sharp tools. If you prune young shoots with dull tools you will crush the branch rather than cut it. Pruning large branches to leave a stub will provide a better healing scar as it dries out. Pinching the end set of leaves helps to promote back budding.


Full sun with afternoon protection. Can be an inside plant, but outside with full sun is much better.


Above freezing is a must. It has been said that bringing them in before temperatures drop below 40 is a good idea.

Discussion from the P. Afra Bonsai Facebook page:

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Very flexible plant and care is needed with wire biting into the bark. Since the tree grows quickly and can be directionally pruned wire isn’t always needed for all circumstances. Weight of the branches with water-filled leaves can be…

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