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Question: My father has a desert rose that puts off seeds. Try as we might we can not get them to grow. Those that start will not last long. Is there special procedure in growing desert roses from seed?

Answer: Victoria,

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) seed can be germinated successfully if you give attention to a few factors. First choose a mix that is well drained. Adding extra vermiculite or perlite and/or some coarse sand to a standard seed starting mix can provide this extra drainage ability. Second keep the seeds moist until they germinate. In other words don't let them dry out during this early stage of starting seeds. Covering the tray with a clear cover helps retain moisture. Keep them in a bright area out of direct sunlight to prevent overheating. Third don't cover the seeds too much. They need light to germinate so barely cover them. When seedlings are up remove the clear cover and start to back off on watering to prevent them from rotting.

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