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A portulacaria afra that is too wet will look sickly and drop leaves. The dropped leaves might appear yellowish in color and could feel squishy.

This usually happens when the plant has been overwatered and/or the soil medium does not dry out fast enough, or both. If severely overwatered, the stems of the plant would start rotting from the Estimated Reading Time: 10 mins. Nov 14, The primary cause of Elephant Bush losing leaves is overwatering.

Too much water prevents pant to get enough oxygen, which encourages fungal rot diseases. The first sign of overwatering is swollen and discolored leaves. If you spot these changes in your Elephant Bush, simply replant it in fresh soil and remove any rotten shrublop.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. Elephant Bush Dropping Leaves. Help. Close. Vote.

Posted by 5 minutes ago. Elephant Bush Dropping Leaves. Help. So I just moved to a place where I really only have access to part sun (east facing) windows and my elephant bush has started dropping leaves since I got here.

It will not tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The leaves don’t seem yellow, but are a lighter green than they used to be. Jun 06, i seem to be having nothing but problems with my new elephant bush. i've kept the soil dry and i've kept it at my window trying to give it the best light i can provide but it won't seem to stop dropping leaves. im not sure what i should do about that problem. i'd. Dec 17, Leaf Drop on an Elephant Bush. Indigenous to South Africa, the elephant bush (Portulacaria afra), also called elephant food and miniature.