The elephant bush loves sunlight and can be in full sun for several hours at a time. But if the plant is not used to a lot of sunlight, you may have to slowly help the plant get used to full direct sunlight. Slowly increase the time you leave the bush out in the sun over a couple of weeks. But the elephant bush’s leaves can get a sunburn if the sun is too intense, like during the height of summer.
To water the elephant bush correctly, you must use the soak and dry method. It is exactly what it sounds like. Soak the bush in a lot of water, and then let it dry out over several weeks. During the winter, you may only have to water the bush once a month. These plants are used to experiencing drought and sudden heavy rains, so you don’t have to place them on a watering schedule.
The elephant bush does best when it lives in hot weather, just like in its home on the African plains. The bush can stand a few cold spells but not prolonged periods of cold. If the place you live in is cold, then your elephant bush should stay inside the house with you.
If you are planting the elephant bush outside, then the soil you’re going to place the plant in needs to be sandy and well-draining. Rocky soil always works as well. And for the inside potted plants, basic potting soil or cactus soil would suffice as the soil mix.
The elephant bush does best in warm temperatures. It does not like the cold at all, and after a few days outside, the plant will start to wither. This plant should not be outside if it drops lower than 30F.
If the elephant plant you have is too big for its current container, then you need to relocate the plant into a larger container, so it has room to grow. When you have the pot you want to transfer it too, make sure it can drain at the bottom. Drill extra holes if you need to. Combine some of the old soil in the old pot with new soil, so you don’t give you plant shock when you transfer it into the new soil. Then water lightly and monitor the plant to make sure it is accepting its new home. Don’t add extra fertilizer to the soil right after repotting. Give it a few weeks before you change the composition of the soil.