The Q&A Archives: what do I feed my desert rose?

Question: My desert rose has a few blooms but doesn't look real healthy. Can you tell me what to do for it?

Answer: Adenium obesum, the desert rose, flowers best in full sun and fast draining soils. If your plant is leggy and only producing growth at the stem tips, you'll want to prune it back. Pruning encourages new growth and will often result in 2 new branches where you've made the pruning cut. Try to vary the lengths of the stems so your plant takes on a natural look after pruning (dont give it a flattop haircut!) After pruning I think you'll see a big difference in plant growth. Best wishes with your garden!

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