Desert RoseDesert Rose is renowned for its unusual form and growth habit. These small tree like plants belong to the cactus and succulent family, and produce beautiful flowers. The large swollen trunk rises to a few disproportionately large leaves near the top of the plant. Flowers are usually red or pink, and can be doubles with concentric sets of petals. These plants prefer lots of bright, direct light indoors through a western or southern window, or alternately can be placed outside in summer and brought in for the winter. Desert Rose looks like something from an alien planet or wonderland; these hardy plants are easy to take care of. Growing Zone: 9-11 Mature Height: 24″ – 36″
Mature Width: 18″ – 24″Classification: Prominent Flower Sunlight: Bright, direct light Habit: Tree form, clear trunk Flower Color: Red or pink, sometimes double or bicolor Foliage: Green, round Soil Condition: Well draining, cactus or succulent mix (part sand) Water Require: Likes to go dry Uses: Excellent indoors as focal point or centerpiece Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA Native to Africa, Desert Roses have a large, swollen stem designed for storing water. This unusual plant produces large, trumpet shaped flowers usually in pink or red when grown under the right conditions. Desert Rose requires lots of bright, direct light and infrequent watering to stay happy and healthy. The plants can be placed outdoors in summer, but do not like temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants will flower indoors, especially when a bloom boosting fertilizer is used. Desert Rose makes a good specimen plant and is predisposed to becoming a bonsai. Desert Roses start conversations because of their architectural marvel: the large, thick stump tapering to a small cylinder with some leaves and trumpets of flowers. These plants are incredibly easy to care for because they are in the cactus and succulent family which take a lot of light with infrequent water. A potting mix with sand that’s designed to drain quickly is the ideal mix to use for transplanting.
Light Requirement of Desert Rose:
Desert Roses loves bright, direct light when grown indoors. The plant prefers the most light you can give it to prevent leaf yellowing and dropping. Desert Rose needs light to produce flowers. For the summer, Desert Rose can be placed outside in full sun for a vacation.