Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) in the Adeniums Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: Variable according to how it is grown. Can attain 8 to 10 feet..
Plant Spread: up to 3 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Terrariums
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Start indoors
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Other: cuttings will root, but will rarely form a caudex.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted

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Growing Adenium PlantsGrowing Adenium Plants
March 3, 2016

Although the Adenium ("Desert Rose") has all the looks of a succulent, with a water-reservoir trunk and root form, it is not grown the same way as a typical succulent.

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Location:  North latitude    GPS Latitude              16, 1' 40.202" East longitude    GPS Longitude             80, 13' 53.124"
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-04-17
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 2016-04-09
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Location: My homeDate: 2011-02-14
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Location: At our garden - Tracy, CADate: Summertime 2010Desert Rose in bloom
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Location: Central TexasDate: 2016-05-05
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Location: My YardDate: 2018-05-19Unnamed variety...plant tag had a 57 on it.
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Location: At our garden - Tracy, CADate: Summertime 2010Close-up of Desert Rose blooms
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Location: Indoors - Tracy, CADate: 2011-04-18Desert Rose slowly coming out of dormant state after winter seaso
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Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2014-02-21
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Location: South FloridaDate: 2014-05-11Double flower adenium (no ID).
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Location: My Yard
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-04-17
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-04
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Location: Mariana Islands Guam USADate: 2015-05-01Furry Throat
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Location: Mariana Islands Guam USADate: 2015-05-118 month-old-seedling in community pot
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-27
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 23Apr2016
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-06-19
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Location: British ColumbiaDate: Aug 2013Adenium Arabicum
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Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 10 April 2014 - SpringRoots of my young Adenium Obesum
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Date: 2011-04-03
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Location: South FloridaDate: 2013-11-26Double flower adenium (no ID).
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Location: Holmes Beach FLDate: 2014-11-13
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Location: Holmes Beach FL
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Location: Socotra IslandDate: 2013-08-22Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USAA glorious display
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-07-06
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Location: central Illinois-Washington Park Botanical Garden -Springfield, Il.Date: 2015-12-05
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 26feb2016my new grafted flower with parent flower
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Location: Central TexasDate: 2016-05-05
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Location: Hershey Gardens Conservatory, Hershey, Pennsylvania USADate: 2018-02-03
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Location: my plant roomDate: November 2011This is Platinum
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Date: 2013-03-23
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Location: My YardDate: 8/30/2014New cutting...
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-04
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-04
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-07-06Desert Rose with Double Red Blooms
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Location: Mariana Islands Guam USADate: 2016-03-24Grown from seed.
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Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.Date: 2016-03-26
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 3mar2016
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Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaDate: 2016-04-08
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Location: Port St Lucie, FL.Date: 2017-04-01
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Location: GeorgiaDate: sept.2012leaves & buds
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Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2013-06-28Baby adenium obesum
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Location: Socotra IslandDate: 2013-08-22Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
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Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-04-10 - SpringChecking the roots of Adenium obesum during repot last April 2014
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Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.Date: 2016-03-26
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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Feb 18, 2018 6:27 PM

The Desert Rose is a wonderful ornamental plant with its unusual bulbous, caudex base and beautiful blooms that come in shades of red, pink, and white. In nature, Adenium obesum reaches heights of 8 to 10 feet, but smaller specimens are grown as patio container plants or indoor houseplants and they are also popular trained as bonsai. Desert Rose is drought tolerant and prefers high light, doing best in full sun situations. It is considered evergreen but will lose its leaves during severe dry periods. The sap of Adenium obesum contains toxic glycosides, and care should be taken when pruning or handling the cut stems.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 17, 2011 11:42 AM

When re-potting, put this in a pot just slightly larger than its root system. Pot-bound plants can be watered frequently in hot weather. Otherwise, be careful about the watering regimen as these plants cannot tolerate sitting in water, especially in cool weather. Many of these plants lend themselves to "root spreading" at re-potting time. Whether the idea is to try to develop large roots or not, spreading the roots out during potting is recommended.

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Plant Events from our members
SCButtercup On September 1, 2016 Maintenance performed
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SCButtercup On April 30, 2016 Potted up
SCButtercup On February 3, 2016 Seeds sown
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
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piksihk On May 11, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Kevalsha On March 11, 2011 Obtained plant
This plant was purchased by my daughter who lives in the Tampa, FL area. She gave it to me when she moved. Since then I have grown several plants from cuttings from the original plant. I gave my daughter (the one in the Tampa area one of the cuttings which is now a beautiful plant. It is now February 2018 and I still have this plant and several others from the cuttings I took.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Wow by valleylynn Jul 16, 2012 5:30 PM 2
Not prolife, but Prolific bloomer! (Correction) by beckygardener May 11, 2014 10:53 PM 3
my adenium flowers by chhari55 Feb 26, 2016 3:21 AM 1
a new bloom in my garden 🏡 by chhari55 Jun 13, 2016 9:47 AM 1
Untitled by chhari55 Dec 28, 2017 1:33 AM 0
Our Orchid blooms in September 2018 by Ursula Sep 20, 2018 9:55 AM 150
Desert Rose by Wolfcall May 9, 2018 9:59 AM 8
What type of plants are these? by Cactusgirl Apr 22, 2018 6:40 PM 4
What else do we grow in 2018 by hawkarica Sep 20, 2018 10:00 AM 1,002
Cactus and tender succulents chat by Baja_Costero Sep 20, 2018 9:09 AM 2,214
Relocating to Whidbey Island by JamesAcclaims Jan 17, 2018 12:46 PM 38
Rot on Caudex of Adenium by harpscott Aug 21, 2017 8:42 PM 9
Blooming in July... by wcgypsy Jul 30, 2017 10:31 AM 28
Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Leaves are turning brown. What's wrong? by Hannalee Jul 5, 2017 11:19 PM 2
Blooming in June..... by wcgypsy Jul 27, 2017 10:44 AM 77

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