The ‘Desert Rose’
Adenium Obesum is commonly known as ‘The Desert Rose’ and indeed they do grow in dry desert areas. They are native to Eastern Africa and Northern Arabia.
The flowers are attractive and indeed create a rosy picture, the trunks develop a swollen look over time and these easy care plants are also used as Bonsai. And as much as the flowers can be rosy in colour, they are not related to roses at all.
Basic Adenium (Desert Rose) Care
Adeniums require full sun for much of the year for proper care, they can be grown indoors if they receive full light near a window.
Adeniums are succulent plants from desert areas, they are very good at surviving on little water.
One of the most important aspects is match the amount of water they will receive with the growing medium. The more water, the more free draining the growing medium needs to be.
The other aspect of watering is when to water. In active growth Adeniums can take more water, and will put on more growth. During dormancy, they require very little water at all.
When growing in pots try unglazed pots as these plants like to dry out between waterings and terracotta pots are excellent for this.
Adeniums require good bright light, plenty of sun and warmth. HOWEVER, in very hot dry summers they will perform better under shade cloth.
The best way to fertilize Adeniums is with weak applications on a regular basis.
A free draining potting mix is the key to successfully growing Adeniums and preventing problems. Adding vermiculite to a good quality potting mix is a good way to grown them
Regular repotting is the best way to keep the plants healthy, it will also allow you to create that cuaudex (swollen lower trunk) that is sought after. When you repot, simply pot the plant so it sits a little higher in the pot each time. This is how the great bonsai specimens are created.
Adenium or ‘ Desert Rose’ are available for sale from the following nurseries
370 Bluewater Drive Bluewater Qld 4818
Specialising Adenium, Pachypodium, Euphorbias and other rare exotics. Advanced Adenium "bonsai style" and young plants from imported seeds.
Succulent nursery for drought hardy plants. Includes: Adenium, Agave, Alluadia, Aloe, Anecampseros, Crassula, Euphorbia, Gasteraloe, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Ledebouria, Portulacaria, Sedum, Senecio and many others.
Adenium make an interesting bonsai specimen with a fascinating swollen trunk and attractive flowers. A well drained potting mix is essential for adeniums to thrive. Check out other species of adenium such as A. swazicum, A. somalense, A. arabicum, A. crispum and A. multiflorum.
Also known as the ‘Fortune Tree’, in Feng Shui the placement of Adenium obesum on the left side of your front door is said to bring good fortune. And when the ‘Fortune tree’ is flowering this is a particularly lucky period. Although looked at a ‘bonsai’ because of the bulbous base, this is a natural growth habit of Adeniums.
Pictures below show the variety of flower colours available from Adenium Obesum Plants
Adeniums are available in a number of varieties including both single petal and multi petal types. Nurseries have been hybridising Desert Rose plants for a number of years, with great results. Flowers with striped petals and even coloured edge varieties are becoming available.
Grafted varieties are also becoming popular, with the best flowering types being grafted onto rootstocks of other types. Grafted, rather than seed grown not only ensure the flower type and color but also give a more vigorous growth than most seed grown types.
Adenium Obesum is also known as the Desert Rose or ‘Impala Tree’, are available for sale plants from online nurseries.
In Feng Shui Adenenium Obesum is also know as the ‘Fortune Tree’, it is said to bring good fortune if placed to the left of a doorway, they are also used in bonsai.
Other Adenium Species include
A. arabicum, A. boehemianum, A. crispum, A. multiflorum, A. obesum, A. somalense , A. swazicum, A. somalense, A. Thai socotranum and A. socotranum.