The Q&A Archives: Desert Rose

Question: I have a Desert Rose in a pot that gets 4-5 hrs of afternoon sun. The flower buds form nicely but will not open and fall off after a week or so. How can I get these buds to open? Thank You

Answer: It's not as uncommon as you might think. Two things come to mind. If your plants look otherwise healthy, this condition is most likely a physiological problem that occurs following alternating dry and wet weather, mild temperatures and cold spells. Poor nutrition can also contribute to this "balling". Give your desert rose some extra care by mulching the soil well to reduce soil temperature fluctuations and feeding with a high potash complete fertilizer, or phosphate rock and greensand. Hope this helps!

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