The Main Plant entry for Adeniums (Adenium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:19 PM

"Adenium is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae.

Adenium obesum is grown as a houseplant in temperate regions. Numerous hybrids have been developed. Adeniums are appreciated for their colorful flowers, but also for their unusual, thick caudices. They can be grown for many years in a pot and are commonly used for bonsai.

Because seed-grown plants are not genetically identical to the mother plant, desirable varieties are commonly propagated by grafting. Genetically identical plants can also be propagated by cutting. However, cutting-grown plants do not tend to develop a desirable thick caudex as quickly as seed-grown plants.

Adenium obesum is also known as the desert rose. In the Philippines, due to its resemblance to the related genus Plumeria, and the fact that it was introduced to the Philippines from Bangkok, Thailand, the plant is also called as Bangkok kalachuchi."

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 8:14 PM

In Feb. I received a 4" plant in a trade from someone who started it from seed. She didn't know the color. I've never grown these, so it's a learning experience. I have it on my porch, where it gets filtered morning sun and bright light all day. It must be happy because it's now 6 inches with 4 leaves on top. It has spurred my interest because I want to see what color it ends up being. Anyone have advice for success I need to know?

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