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Portulacaria crassula loses leaves

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Question: Portulacaria crassula loses leaves

good morning, I recently bought this bonsai but for a few days he made a strange muffle on the ground and he loses a few leaves, I keep it at home on the table in front of the French window in the room, I think it gets enough light and I also water it by immersing it in its saucer full of water about 1 or 2 times a week when the soil is dry both below and above, I feed it every 10 days ... where am I wrong? I'm desperate, my first bonsai died of a mushroom, I would not like to repeat the experience…


Answer: Portulacaria crassula loses leaves

Dear Geneva,

the portulacaria afra is a succulent, belonging to the succulent family, in fact two different species are sold as bonsai, both with the name of portulacaria bonsai, or the portulacaria afra, and the crassula portulacea; they are both very similar, they are succulents, originating in Africa. They are resistant and vigorous plants, which can also live in fairly cold areas, with lows close to zero (or even less if properly cultivated), and also in places that are not excessively bright. Probably yours is getting sick due to excessive watering, in fact these plants, in the months characterized by short days, must remain in an almost completely dry soil, to be bathed only sporadically; while more regular watering must be provided in the months with long days, such as the spring and summer months. In fact, the best place to grow these bonsai trees would be the terrace, in a semi-shaded area, with a few hours of direct sun per day, possibly not during the hottest hours. During the winter they may need protection, even when the pot is placed near the walls of the house, in an area sheltered from the wind; a layer of non-woven fabric, which keeps the frost away, may be sufficient; in this case the plants will water only from April to September-October. Portulacaria bloom in late winter, but flowering does not occur if the plants are constantly grown in the heat, or in the apartment. Supply a fertilizer for succulent plants, low in nitrogen, from April to September, every 20 days approximately; and uses, for cultivation, a very porous and very well drained soil, consisting largely of lapillus or pumice stone.

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