Desert Rose Plant

Adenium obesum

Growzone: 4-9 patio / 10-11 Outdoors

Drought Tolerant Desert Rose Plants

Desert Roses are a bright light-loving, drought tolerant, low maintenance flowering houseplant that serves as a focal point or accent indoors.

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6" $39.95
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Native to Africa, 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. Desert Rose Plant has 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.

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History and introduction of Desert Rose Plant:

Native to Africa, Desert Rose does extremely well with minimal care. The plant produces beautiful, colorful flowers near the top of the stem. These flowers will produce a seed afterwards. Most Desert Rose are hybrids, however, and will not be true to seed. If you want to recreate the same flower color as the original plant, it's better to propagate Desert Rose by taking cuttings or grafting. Unfortunately, grafted plants do not have the same swollen trunk as plants grown from seed. Adenium obesum is the Latin name for Desert Rose. Adenium is a reference to Aden, the location in Arabia where the plant was first discovered and recorded. Obesum means fat or fleshy, referring to the large, swollen trunk.