Caring For Desert Rose/Adenium Obesum

Plant lovers are looking for easy to grow seeds, beautiful, cool, nice and unique plants with a fun aspect. Adenium desert rose plants are perfect specimen for the plant lovers. East African and Arabian natives are wonderful in the interior container garden or as warm climate additions to the patio display. To care a plant like desert rose plants requires a full sun location and well-drained soil.
Properly care of seeds results a plenty of rose-like blooms on an architectural marvel of plant.

About Desert Rose 

Adenium Obesum and well known as desert rose has become a popular ornament garden plant in United States Department of Agriculture zones. The rest of us in cooler zone will have to resort to growing Adenium indoors, giving the plant a vacation in the summer on the patio or deck. Desert rose plant care can be difficult and requires some knowledge of the life cycle of the species.

Follow some basic Adenium desert rose growing tips for healthy plants that won’t disappoint with full crowns of richly colored tubular flowers.

Adeniums are succulent, tropical plants. They are distinctive among the class because they develop a caudex, or swollen trunk. All succulent plants have some sort of water storage system, be it leaves, stem or roots. In desert rose, the trunk swells to conserve moisture for times of drought. A nice fat trunk is an indicator of plant health. A skinny stem can indicate that the plant requires more moisture.

An interesting bit of desert rose plant info is it natural resemblance to a  bonsai plant, with a short stature when mature, and tidy canopy perched atop the graduated stem. Many growers seem to have trouble caring for desert rose plants, but these can truly be easy maintain if you keep in mind the water, temperature and lighting needs of adenium.

Desert Rose Growing Tips

First, remember that adenium plants are native to regions with poor, gritty soil and hot, sunny climates. You can’t expect the plant to thrive in overly moist soil, in a place with limited light, don’t frost tolerant and will succumb to a freeze if exposed, the plant will not grow if exposed bellow 40 Degrees F (4 C) But will thrive in reaching 90 degrees  F (32 C).

Adenium succulents like bright light, so a southern window exposure provides enough sun for the plants to flourish and bloom, in the garden, choose a sunny location that has some protection from noonday sun, as this can scorch the foliage.
Soil is very important adenium desert rose plants should have a mixture of cactus soil with gritty sand or lava rocks for good drainage.

Plant Care For Adenium Desert Rose

The improper watering of the plants can quickly kill. They are succulents but are used to rainy periods during which they grow, followed by a dormant, dry period. Match your watering practices to these needs for best success. Keep soil moderately moist in spring and summer but reduce watering in fall and specially winter when the plant is dormant.

Fertilize with a dilution by half of a 20-20-20 liquid plant food once per month when the plant is actively growing. Do not feed the desert rose during winter season.

The common pest is Scale, Mealy bugs and Spyder mites. Used cotton balls soaked in alcohol to wipe away these insect rogues.

Be cautious as adenium desert rose is in the dogbane family with all species bleeding a poisonous sap that can irritate skin and mucous membranes.

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