Portulacaria afra – Mini Jade (4″ pot)


This tropical succulent is one of the easiest plants to grow that we offer. This outdoor foliage plant can handle drought and neglect. Mini Jade is a natural Bonsai tree, but can also be trained to become a spectacular Bonsai specimen. I would recommend this plant for beginner gardeners.

Ships in 4″ plastic nursery pot. Photo #2 ONLY, is an example on plant for sale. May ship pruned back.
***We do not sell finished Bonsai trees in Bonsai pots. This is a regular plant that you can make into a Bonsai or grow as a regular tree. The Bonsai plants in the pictures are an example of what you can do.

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Just about anyone can grow this plant. It is great for beginners as it requires very little care and can go some time without water. It is also a great bonsai subject. Almost every plant looks like it was worked on by a bonsai expert. It has the appearance of being an old plant when young and can develop a caliper really fast. Very easy to work with, the only thing needed is a little bit of trimming to make the top of the plant look like a tree canopy. Portulacaria afra is a relative of the Jade plant (Crassula) and resembles a miniature version with smaller leaves. We have been growing Portulacarias for almost 30 years and we have never seen 1 flower but have heard that they do flower in their country of origin (South Africa). This succulent can get to be very big but most of the time it is kept small. 

FAMILY: Portulacaceae
ORIGIN: South Africa
MATURE SIZE: 8′ if stalked, usually kept much smaller
WATER REQUIREMENTS: let dry before watering
MIN. TEMP. : low 30s for a short period of time
FLOWER: never seen at our nursery, but customers have sent us photos before of pink flowers

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 18 in
Gardino Nursery