Adenium – (Desert Rose)

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Adenium (Desert Rose)


Desert Rose


The Desert Rose is a beautiful plant from North East Africa. These rare plants are related to the frangipani, developing a succulent trunk that loses all its leaves in the winter.


Flowers appear in summer with unique groups of trumpet flowers. White and gold scented colours have quickly become favorites for plant collectors. Much like frangipani, the Desert Rose sap is poisonous and should not come into contact with the skin, so ensure you monitor children and pets. Specialist growers of the Desert Rose have even grafted the plant onto an Oleander, which is also highly poisonous but has strikingly beautiful flowers. In its natural environment, the plant has been used as a fish toxin and even placed on the tips of arrows by indigenous hunters. 


In Australia, the desert rose has become somewhat of a collectors plant, with growers providing a range of colour variations. Most plants are kept in pots; however, the Desert rose grows 1 m to 3 m in height. 


To get the best results from your Desert Rose, treat your watering regime as you would other cactus implementing a xeric watering routine. Ensure that you allow good drainage for your Desert Rose using a succulent or cactus potting mix. A healthy desert rose produces a swollen trunk that stores water. If you notice that your desert rose is rather skinny, you need to give the plant more water. Be cautious not to overwater your Desert Rose as it is a succulent. Overwatering could cause your plant to take a quick turn for the worse. Reduce watering during the winter months as the days are shorter with less sunlight. An easy rule of thumb is to make sure your plant completely dries out before you re-water.


The Desert Rose does not tolerate frost but does enjoy a fair amount of indirect sunlight throughout the day so try to create an environment similar to its origin in North-East Africa. Direct midday sun may cause the Desert rose to get scorched leaves, so try to provide some shelter.


The desert rose is a very hardy plant and not affected by many pests. Even though it is a tough addition to your plant collection, it can suffer from scale, spider mites, and mealybugs if given a sub-optimal growing area.

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