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Desert rose   

Adenium obesum

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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)

Desert rose grows as a deciduous and is a flower / succulent. 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, Kaleidoscope, Hybrid #20, Black fire and Pure white.

Saudi Arabia is believed to be where Desert rose originates from.

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

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Desert rose have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Desert rose

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

When pruning adenium obesum care should be taken not to come in contact with the sap as it is poisonous especially to children and pets. Pruning can be done when the plant is actively growing in Spring and Summer.1

When propagating from cuttings get six inch cuttings from the mother plant and let them dry for two days. Place the cuttings in a container with water and soil and keep moist but not water logged. Mist the cuttings daily with a spray bottle. At the end of 2 – 6 weeks the cuttings should start rooting. Transfer to individual containers when foliage growth starts. If growing in the ground plant adeniums on a raised location with sloping sides. Adeniums are better grown in containers.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Desert rose is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

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

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Desert rose is a tender plant.

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)

The seeds need to be planted no latter than 15 days after collection.

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Other names for Desert rose

Sabi Star, Kudu, Kemboja, Impala lily

Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.

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