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Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: Up to 8 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 3 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Red
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Summer
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Caudex
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Other: Cuttings will root, but will rarely form a caudex
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

My purple desert rose, nickname, “Violeta Flora”.

Growing Adenium PlantsGrowing Adenium Plants
By drdawg on 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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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 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 deepsouth (North Louisiana - Zone 8b) on Jul 3, 2021 11:24 AM

Potting media for Adenium

Mix together:

1 Part: Coconut Coir -
1 Part: Poultry Grit (chicken grit) /or Pea Gravel - (sift out fine grain silt) -
1 Part: Sand - coarse Builder's Sand, Leveling Sand, or Horticultural Sand - (sift out fine grain silt) -
1 Part: Lump Charcoal - (Break-up or crush larger pieces) - (sift out fine grain silt) -
1 Part: Lava-rock – (volcanic cinders or pumice) (crush larger pieces) - (sift out fine grain silt) -

Optional: mix with above

1 Part: Redwood Bark / Orchid (Phalaenopsis) Mix - Break-up, cut or crush larger stems & bark
1 Part: Perlite - coarse (#4 large)

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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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SCButtercup On September 1, 2016 Maintenance performed
Pruned
SCButtercup On April 30, 2016 Potted up
SCButtercup On February 3, 2016 Seeds sown
piksihk On May 10, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
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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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The 2nd desert rose bloomed and it appears to be a double bloom.
hlutzow On December 9, 2020 Bloomed
Only 1 adenium bloomed.
hlutzow On November 22, 2019 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Wow by valleylynn Sep 2, 2019 8:30 AM 4
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
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