my desert rose palm and tony tail palm house plants - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6B)
Question by mikes6
April 20, 2007
I just bought both recently.How do i take care of them.When do i water them. When would i know i have to put them in a bigger pot and would i be able to put them outside when it starts getting hot out.thank you.


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Answer from NGA
April 20, 2007

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Adenium obesum or desert rose should be growing in a fast draining sandy or cactus type of soil mix. It does well in a pot that is undersized so do not repot it until it is very crowded. Water sparingly in winter so it dries out thoroughly between watering. In summer when it is actively growing, water more generously. It is a succulent (not a cactus), so you need to water enough that it does not shrivel, but overwatering can cause root problems. Give this plant as much light as possible. In summer, gradually acclimate it to being in the real outdoor sun when you take it outside. This is a plant that loves heat and should do well outside for the summer.

Pony tail palm or Nolina recurvata would be very similar in care.

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