Adenium (Desert Rose)

Desert Rose is one of my ultra favorite plants. Native to arid areas of Africa including Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, it is related to the Plumeria.

Here are some images and notes about Adeniums. I have succeeded for the first time to grow them from seeds. The left image are my babies.

Place the seeds flat on top of the soil, barely cover part and just sprinkle dry mix over the seeds until they are surrounded but a little can still be seen put on the humidity dome and place in a dark place at 70-80*. 90-95* may be a little hot. You should see germination starting in 3-5 days assuming the seeds are viable. Some will take longer. You can then remove them from the community tray with a spoon and transplant them into individual pots when the get about as big around as a pencil. There is many variations to this but moisture, warmth, BRIGHT light and viable seeds are absolutely necessary.

Origin: Arabia, Africa
Flowering: Twice yearly Spring/Autumn
Height: 3'
Width: 3'
Culture Information: Indoors

Temperature: Thrives at temperatures up to about 85°F but, can tolerate temperatures down to 54°F

Light: Direct sunlight to indirect sunlight, good light is a must for this plant all year round. Plants can be placed into a partially shaded area outdoors in summer.

Watering: Water similarly as with cactus, allow the plant to dry between waterings, often the base of the stem become soft when the plant requires watering. Increase watering when plants are in flower or actively growing. Decrease watering in winter. Leaf drop in a common sign of overwatering.

Humidity: Medium
Pests: Mealybugs and scale can be a pest to these plants occasionally.

Diseases: Root rot can occur when the plant is kept too cold or is overwatered

Propagation: Seeds, cutting should be allowed to dry for a few days before placing into a simple sand-peat mix.

Care & Tips: Leaf drop in winter in a normal for this plant. In the wild this plant may grow up to 9', but rarely exceeds 3' when grown indoors. Plant flowers twice yearly once in the warm seasons and once growing into the winter season.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am desert rose lover too!!! Nice to meet you.