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Desert rose   

Adenium obesum

Desert rose is part of the Adenium genus. Its scientific name is Adenium obesum. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Persian pink. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) colour. Desert rose grows as a deciduous and is a flower. Being a Deciduous plant, it will shed its leaves annually. Normally reaching to a mature height of 4.95 feet (1.52 metres). Popular varieties of Desert rose with home gardeners are Base Strain Pink, Pure white, Kaleidoscope, Hybrid #20 and Black fire.

Desert rose is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Desert rose

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Low

once established, it doesn’t require much water. once or twice a week is enough.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly.

See our list of companion Plants for Desert rose to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Desert rose from seed

Soak seed for two hours in tepid water then plant in a coarse mix of compost ad grit ot perlite. Keep moist but not too wet. Seeds need light for germination

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 25°C / 77°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Desert rose

Pot on into well drained gritty compost, allow plant to dry a little between waterings

Seed Saving Desert rose

When you see the plant bears seed pod, cover the pod with mesh bag and wait until the pod matures. The pod will break open itself (this take quite some time)

Common Desert rose problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Desert rose plants:

dtem rot due to too much watering

Other names for Desert rose

Sabi Star, Kudu, Kemboja

Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.

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