Checklist To Care Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose)

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The rich crimson blooms and a swollen succulent stem of Adenium Desert Rose are well-known. The plant, which generally grows according to pruning and varieties, is also referred to as Adenium Obesum. Take great care of the sap of the desert rose of Adenium, as it is poisonous and should not come into contact with animals.

If Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum) is self-growing, it can reach about 10 feet, even if the plant reaches 15 feet in frequency. The plant should be re-potted in a big container to ensure adequate soil for adequate development. New growths may be clipped, and during the most vigorous growth the plant may be readily moulded.

One of the greatest and floral plants is Adenium Obesum or Desert Rose. It’s a tree or a little tree with a slowly growing fleshy trunk. The arid and tropical regions are preferred for Adenium Obesum. In the Arab Peninsula and the area from Senegal to Sudan and Kenya, Adenium Obesum grows in the natural environment.

Adenium Obesum is a feathery evergreen shrub, whose characteristic is the tolerance to dryness. Desert Rose may drop leaves in the cold season like most leaky trees. In the summer, numerous blooms grouped in corymbose inflorescences generally surround the plant. Adenium Desert Rose plant flowers are tubular, red or pink with a smooth transition to white, silky with five petals.

The Adenium Desert Rose is a low-maintenance shrub that blooms early. The Adenium Obesum Desert Rose indoor flower is easy to care for. The plant requires a sunny location with high air temperature in the summer and at least +10°C in the winter, as well as a cactus-like watering schedule. As you can see, caring for Adenium Obesum does not need a lot of time or effort.

If you want to get Adenium Obesum, the easiest option is to start with seeds. Desert Rose examples like these are the most similar to wild plants. A little miracle will swiftly grow into a full-fledged flowering plant if all of the required circumstances are met.

Core Things To Take In To Consideration


The more sunlight Adenium Obesum receives, the better! This is the key to the beautiful Desert Rose plant’s quick development. Only with the most intense lighting can it get the power to fully blossom.


Make sure the soil is completely wet before watering Adenium Obesum. Allow enough time for the soil to dry between waterings. Desert Rose requires more water throughout the summer (vegetative stage); do not allow the soil to dry up at this time of year, since the plant will cease growing. At the same time, you should avoid overwatering Adenium Obesum to avoid rotting the rhizome.

Since Adenium Obesum enters dormancy in the autumn, it’s a good idea to gradually reduce the quantity of watering. In order to minimise degradation, the bloom should only be watered seldom over the winter.

Soil And Pots:

Prepare to repot an adult Adenium Obesum plant if you decide to buy one. To repot a Desert Rose, you’ll need nutrient-rich, loose, and permeable soil, ideally with charcoal added. The soil combination for Adenium Obesum should additionally include the following ingredients:

  • 50 % coconut fibre
  • 20 – 30 % deciduous – humus soil.
  • 10 – 20 % perlite
  • a tiny, up to 3 mm expanded clay with a 10 – 20% expansion

A pot for Desert Rose should not contain water; instead, surplus water should be drained via holes in the bottom of the pot. The container should be somewhat larger than the Adenium Obesum flower’s rhizome. Desert Rose plants thrive in bowl-shaped containers.


It is impossible to care for Adenium Obesum without the use of fertilisers. You can give the plant soluble fertilisers or organic-mineral solutions with the same quantities of phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Increasing the nitrogen content of fertilisers has a favourable effect on Adenium Obesum during the growth season. Remember that such fertilisers should only be applied once or twice a year on Adenium plants, and only at the start of the growth season.

Desert Rose – Winter Care Checklist

Winter is one of the most challenging times of Adenium Obesum’s existence. Desert Rose is in dormancy at this time of year, which means the leaves have nearly fully fallen off and the plant does not require frequent watering. Winter Adenium Obesum care is a little more difficult, since the bloom requires ideal circumstances to continue important processes:

  • Temperatures in the range of +10°C to +15°C (50°F to 60°F)
  • Watering should be done sparingly and only on hot days.
  • Don’t overwater your plants. Once a month, water a mature plant that has lost all of its leaves.
  • Determine when the dormancy period will end. To do so, set Adenium Obesum in a light area and inspect it periodically.

Desert Rose Diseases & Control

The most serious threat to Adenium Obesum is decay in the root system. As a result, Adenium Obesum does not require excessive watering. A drainage layer is required for a higher level of assurance! Adenium Obesum plants, for example, are vulnerable to insect assault (mealybugs, ticks, and so on), and even the toxicity of Desert Rose sap does not assist to defend the plants.

If you’re dealing with a situation like this, you’ll need to use well approved and well-known strategies to combat it. When experimenting with new procedures and technologies, start with the least value Adenium Obesum specimen.


Because the sap of the Adenium Desert Rose is toxic, carefully wash your hands with soap after working with it. The flower should be placed in an area that is out of reach of animals and children. If you decide to use Adenium Obesum to beautify your house, you must do it with caution in order to avoid poisoning.

Keep in mind that both cats and dogs are poisoned by Adenium. Allowing your pets to gnaw on the plant’s leaves is not a good idea. It can induce indigestion, vomiting, and weakness. Bring your pet to a veterinarian as soon as you see indications of poisoning.


Branch cuttings can be used to grow Adenium Obesum. Unless you assist the new plant produce a bulbous stem by placing it in a tall, thin container initially, the new plant will usually fail to produce a bulbous stem. You can migrate the root system to a smaller container as it begins to mature.


The Desert Rose is a beautiful succulent to have in your home. It requires little upkeep, looks great throughout the flowering season, and will add interest to any house or yard.

Get yourself a Desert Rose to add to your plant collection, whether you’re a seasoned or inexperienced gardener.


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