Bring the exotic into your garden or home – Grow a desert rose

If you like to have decorative plants from tropical regions in your house or apartment, or if you want to bring a touch of exoticism to your yard, Adenium obesum is the right plant for you. Because of its natural habitat, it is also called the desert rose, although it is the Arabian Peninsula, the region of Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the east of that continent.

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It is in question succulent, very popular in the homes of many. This is not surprising considering its beautiful flowers bell-shaped with five petals and bright colors (white, reddish, purple), which appear on the plant repeatedly during six months – from March to September month.

Characteristics of desert rose

This plant extremely slow growingit does so in the form of a bush, that is, a tree, and the highest height it reaches is 2,5 metra, while as a houseplant it reaches 90 centimeters. The mentioned flowers were diluted in second or third year life most often. Leaves occur exclusively in the top part of the branchtheir length is from 5 to 15 centimeters, while their width is from 2 to 8 centimeters.


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What this plant is most famous for is thick tree, after which it got the name obesum, which means fat. This recognizable tree from which thin branches grow has the function of conserves water so that the plant would be supplied during the drought, given that it is a tropical plant. Its bonsai appearance attracts horticulture lovers.

It appears from its leaves and stem white milky juice which is very toxicand you should be careful about children and pets.

Growing desert rose

When it comes to choosing a country, it must be her creeper, drainage, so it is necessary to provide drainage. The soil should have a pH value of 5,5 do 8and if you transplant it, do it in the middle of spring.

If you are planting young desert rose plants, let the choice fall on deep potsand if it is an older plant, the pot should be as shallow as possible in order for it to take root as soon as possible.

As you probably guessed yourself, since it is a tropical plant, it needs it more light and heat in order to produce flowers of the most intense colors. During warm days, if you can, keep her outdoors to keep her safe good air circulation and optimal light. If not, try to keep it in a sunny window.

Make sure your plants are exposed to light minimum 5 hours daily. If you have brought them outside, keep the young desert roses in partial shade during the summer heat, so that they do not form burns.

When it comes to temperature, these plants love heat, from 18 to 35 degrees. This means that the room temperature must not fall below 18 degrees, even in winter.

Watering the desert rose and feeding it

It is best to water it every now and then three days (twice a week), try to do it in the evening. The soil between two waterings should be suva, request a larger amount of water which should reach even the smallest root vessels.

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If you did not wait for the water to dry completely between two waterings, i.e. you watered too often, this will result in rotting of the roots. Don’t worry, there is a solution, take the plant out of the ground and remove the parts that have rotted.

As for feeding, so be it often weaker, feel free to dilute the purchased fertilizer by halving its nutrient concentration. Use fertilizers with equal NPK content and calcium and magnesium addition.

Interesting things

Judging by feng shui, placing this plant in the living room provides good financial prosperity of tenants. U Taiwan different hybrids of this plant were created, with interesting looks and intense colors.

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