Desert Rose Blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Pinellas Park, fl
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Question by circus12
June 1, 2007
I have a desert rose but it has few leaves and flowers, mostly at the tips of the stems. I've seen them in the area that are lush and full of blooms. What am I doing wrong? It's in full sun.

Answer from NGA
June 1, 2007
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 (don't 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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