Adenium Obesum Plant, Desert Rose


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Height:  Approx 10 inches , Plant is 1 year old.

Common Name: Desert Rose

This is grown from seeds of Adenium. This plant is most likely to bloom pink coloured flowers, but it may also bloom flowers of white, yellow, red, purple or mix of two colours. Its caudex looks like bonsai, after attaining maturity. Every plant lover likes to grow Adenium obesum. Its flower color varieties is more than 200. These are usually grown from seed. It can grow faster in full sunlight with less water. Bloom time is for full year (except frost, extreme cold). Blooming is maximum during summer season. This plant is sun loving and can grow upto height of 6 feet. It’s a long life plant and can survive upto 25-30 years. The plant performs best in big size containers (8 inch or more) or plant them on ground.

This plant is almost maintenance free. Even without fertilisers, this plant will show satisfactory growth. However, use of fertiliser shows faster growth and more blooming. But leaves may suffer temporary damage. Even with low level of atmospheric humidity (20% ), this plant continues to grow healthily.

Watering & Sunlight:

This plant is similar to Cactus and hates over watering. It can survive without water for a longer time. If we have grown this plant and we don’t water it for 2 -3 weeks, it can survive. Continuous moisture in soil will damage its root and its roots may rot. We should regularly check its caudex (lower swollen portion of stem), if it has become very soft, the plant is about to die due to over watering. In such case, we should immediately stop watering the plant and take out the plant from soil. Allow the plant to dry for a week. After that re-pot the plant, followed by less watering.

We should water it after a gap of 4 days during summer season, if soil has become fully dry. Drainage in pot is necessary by making sufficient holes in bottom. To make the ideal potting mix, 40 % drainage media (river sand/ Leca/ Perlite/ Pumice or rice husk- use any two of them, Pumice & Leca recommended) in potting mix should be available. In rest of the potting mix, we should mix Cocopeat, vermicompost, wooden charcoal, bonemeal and garden soil in equal ratio. During extreme cold, give very less water and try to protect from cold. The plant can grow in diffused sunlight also, but blooming will reduce.

  Use : This plant is widely used in landscaping and terrace gardening.

 We should not do re-potting of plants immediately after receiving. Please wait for a week. Let the plants adjust in new atmosphere of your home. Repotting and disturbance to their roots will adversely affect life of plants.


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