Adenium Obesum, native to the regions of Africa and the Middle East is known for its thick stems and caudex base, it produces beautiful and colourful flowers. As the name suggest this plant thrives in very sunny and consistent warm climate, so unless you live in those type of environment, these plants are mostly kept indoors throughout the year.
Lighting and Temperature: A lot of bright light, even direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day will keep your desert rose happy. Warm temperatures between 70 – 80 is ideal, do not leave your Desert Rose if the temperature drops below 60F.
Watering: Because of its thick trunk and caudex base they require very little but consistent watering schedule. During the summer months make sure you water your Desert Rose when the soil is completely dry. In the winter you’ll need to cut this back to maybe once a month. A good sign to see if your Desert Rose needs watering is to check the trunk and base to see if it’s swollen as that would suggest they are well hydrated.
Soil Mixture: Recommended to use a well-draining and coarse mixture. Cacti soil, sand, perlite or pumice is ideal.
How do I make my desert rose flower?
It’s best to let your Desert Rose go dormant during the winter months. When springtime comes, prune your Desert Rose back to help promote new growth and new blooms.
What are the Common Problems?
Lack of sunlight is a common problem with the Desert Rose. These guys prefer to be in direct sun light for at least 6 hours a day. They are named the Desert Rose for a reason. They need a lot of direct sunlight to thrive. Without it they will die.
Do They Require Humidity?
They do not require humidity. Basic room humidity is fine for Desert Rose
Are They Toxic?
The Desert Rose is extremely toxic and not recommended to have in your home if you have pets or children. All part of the plant is toxic, and the milky sap is very dangerous.