Grafted and Imported Desert Rose - Adenium Obesum. WA and QLD ONLY.
*PLEASE NOTE: All Desert Rose orders are currently being shipped on Monday 26th of June 2017.
The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a striking plant with swollen succulent stems and single, double and triple petal flowers. The plant is deciduous in cooler winters, but it can be kept in leaf provided there is sufficient warmth and light water. There is no part of these plants that doesn't command interest, from the dramatically swollen stems on older plants to the bright flowers to the tight clusters of narrow, green leaves.
All plants are in 110mm pots. Between 200mm and 250mm high and are shipped bare rooted.
Light: Full sun/morning sun (beware of the UV in some parts of Australia)
Water: Water during the summer and spring. Reduce water in the winter, but keep hydrated enough to retain its leaves. Soil: A well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
Descent into Dormancy
A desert rose that drops its leaves in autumn is probably just entering dormancy, a natural part of its life cycle. The plant must be kept quite dry during that period, so it’s best to grow it in a container rather than in the ground where winters are wet. That way, you can move it under an overhang or take it to a sunny spot indoors to protect it from rain while it remains leafless. A large plant, such as one in a 20-inch pot, shouldn’t require any water at all for its three- to four-month dormant period. If indoors, a smaller specimen in a 6-inch pot should be watered only about once a month from October to February. In a region where temperatures seldom drop below 60 F, desert rose may not go dormant at all. If you keep your desert rose outdoors, bring inside in the fall when temperatures start dropping below 55 F.
Drought or Drowning
Because the desert rose does require more water during the months when it is actively growing, it may drop all its leaves and slip into dormancy again if it isn’t getting enough moisture. Overwatering, however, can cause root rot. To prevent either problem, grow your desert rose in sandy and fast-draining soil. During its growing season, water it any time its soil is dry two inches below the surface.
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