Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (4 inch)

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About Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (4 inch)

Wow, the Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata,' also known as Rainbow Bush, is a stunning succulent with many branches that create a lush look. Its pink stems and smooth, fleshy green leaves with cream-colored rounded edges give it a unique appearance. And let's remember its lavender star-shaped flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer! The plant's dense, rounded leaves have a lovely color and texture that will brighten any space.

How to care for Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (4 inch)

Sun/Temperature: Firstly, this lovely plant requires at least 6 hours of bright, direct, or diffused light. So, it's best to place it on an indoor balcony or windowsill where it can get enough sunshine. Please, avoid exposing it to too much direct sunlight that could harm its foliage during summer. Rainbow Bush thrives in temperatures between 65-80°F. So, make sure to keep it in a warm and cozy spot. However, if the temperature drops below 30°F, it can damage the plant and even cause it to die.

Soil/Watering: If you're looking for a substrate that allows for proper airflow, cactus and succulent potting soil are excellent options. Alternatively, you could customize your substrate mix by combining half-regular potting soil with sand, vermiculite, or other gravel materials. As for watering your Rainbow Bush, the soak-and-dry method is ideal. Yet, it's important to note that during the winter, when the plant is dormant, it's best to avoid watering it. If you notice its leaves looking shriveled, a small amount of water will do the trick.

Pot: To keep your succulent thriving, choosing a pot with drainage holes is essential - this ensures proper drainage and allows the roots to breathe. These plants are also perfect for smaller containers, growing slowly and will stay within their space. Consider hanging baskets for an added touch of beauty.

Propagation: You can quickly propagate your succulent using the cutting method. First, choose a perfect spot and grab a sharp and sterilized knife to cut the Rainbow Bush branches. Let the cuttings rest in an excellent place to heal, and then apply cinnamon to disinfect the wounds. Next, stick the cuttings into dry soil and moisten the surface using a spray bottle or watering tool. Once the roots have grown, you can switch to the soak and dry watering method. This method is easy and effective in keeping your plant healthy. 

Pests and diseases: To ensure your plant's well-being, avoid overwatering by checking that the soil and pots are well-drained and that excess water drains off the bottom of the pot only when the soil is dry. Watch for mealy bugs, red spiders, and whiteflies, which can infest your plant. But don't worry; you can quickly eliminate these pests using a natural neem oil solution. 

Fertilization: If you want to keep your Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' healthy and happy, fertilize it every month in late spring. You can use a houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength to give it the necessary nutrients. Your plant will surely appreciate it!

More Information

Primary color: Green-yellow
Secondary color: Pink-red
Blooming color: Purple
Cold hardiness:  USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11 (from 30°F to 50°F)
Product format: Rooted in  4" pot
Suitability:  Ideal for balcony, window, garden
Propagation: Easy by cutting
Special characteristic: Pet safe


We pack all shipments by hand. 

We have many years of experience shipping live succulents and cactus plants. We pay close attention to packing and have developed an expert shipping method. All succulents are packed and protected with polypropylene cotton (this is a stuffing used for dolls). We find this is the most effective material for protecting live plants while in transit. It is important to us that you are able to Keep going and Keep growing without any stress about the quality of the product or packaging.

Shipping Speed

In general, it takes 3 to 10 days for plants to arrive after you place your order. All orders will be shipped out 48 hours after you place them. We ship the orders on work days(from Monday to Saturday) and all year round. In normal conditions, it will take 3-10 days for you to receive the package. Estimated shipping times are offered as needed.

HOLIDAYS: During weeks in which a holiday occurs - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, etc. - shipping may be delayed until the following week.

EXTREME WEATHER NOTICE: The Next Gardener reserves the right to hold shipments during storms or periods of extreme heat or cold. This is to ensure your plant does not suffer while it is in transit.

Winter shipping

We insist on shipping succulents to our customers all year round. However due to the extreme winter weather, although we pack succulents with as much protective material as possible, plants are still at increased risk of frost on their way to colder areas. We highly recommend adding one 72-hour heat pack to your order or you can request a hold on the package until it warms up.

Please note that The Next Gardener is not responsible for packages that suffer cold damage without a heat pack. We cannot control the weather. Order at your own risk.

Hawaii, Alaska, and Other US Territories

Fortunately, shipping is available to Alaska, Guam, and other U.S. Territories. However, due to numerous factors beyond our control, including customs checks and shipping delays, free shipping to Hawaii and Puerto Rico is not an option. And we can not provide the 14-day quality guarantee for orders going to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The buyer will assume all risk of damage when a delivery is delayed. We appreciate your understanding.

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