Adenium Obesum

Scientific name : “Adenium obesum”

The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a small succulent tree native to Africa and Arabia which has fleshy leaves and develops a bulbous base. It produces large pink and white or red flowers when it gets enough sunlight. The Desert Rose is popular as an ornamental plant but not often seen as a bonsai.

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The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a small succulent tree native to Africa and Arabia which has fleshy leaves and develops a bulbous base. It produces large pink and white or red flowers when it gets enough sunlight. The Desert Rose is popular as an ornamental plant but not often seen as a bonsai. It is vigorous and healthy under the right conditions and with proper care. The Desert Rose Bonsai adapts easily to growing in a pot, which makes it well suited for bonsai. During wintertime, the plant will drop its leaves except in special tropical climates. The milk sap of the Desert Rose is poisonous. In a warm climate, the Desert Rose can be kept outside year-round. In temperate climates, it can be placed outside in a sunny position or in a semi-shade from May to September. From autumn until spring the tree needs a warm place in the house or greenhouse with a lot of light. The temperature should not fall below 5° C / 40° F. In most cases, the Desert Rose will drop its leaves in winter.

Sunlight –  It will bloom beautifully with full, bright sun.

Watering – Water moderately in warm weather and sparingly in cool weather.

Plant Care – These plants love to be in the direct sun with temperatures of at least 70°F, but they can do very well in temperatures of up to 100° Fahrenheit. During the growing season, it is a good idea to provide a light feeding of a slow-release fertilizer, or a water-soluble liquid fertilizer from time-to-time.

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