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Adenium obesum

Desert-rose

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General Information

  • Instruction By Pat Hammer
    Notes These plants are heat tolerant and like lots of sun. The like water during the summer month but very little water in the winter when dormant. Best if grown from seed.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    June

    It is best to multiply them by seed. Stem cuttings will root but generally, these stem cutting will root but they usually never develop the fat caudix.It is best soak the seeds in warm water a few hours before planting them into flats or pots.

    July

    It is best to multiply them by seed. Stem cuttings will root but generally, these stem cutting will root but they usually never develop the fat caudix.It is best soak the seeds in warm water a few hours before planting them into flats or pots.

    August

    It is best to multiply them by seed. Stem cuttings will root but generally, these stem cutting will root but they usually never develop the fat caudix.It is best soak the seeds in warm water a few hours before planting them into flats or pots.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    May

    Adenium like fertilizer and can be fertilized as often as once per week during the actively growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilize.

    June

    Adenium like fertilizer and can be fertilized as often as once per week during the actively growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilize.

    July

    Adenium like fertilizer and can be fertilized as often as once per week during the actively growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilize.

    August

    Adenium like fertilizer and can be fertilized as often as once per week during the actively growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilize.

    September

    Adenium like fertilizer and can be fertilized as often as once per week during the actively growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilize.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    May

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    June

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    July

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    August

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    September

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    October

    Water regularly during the hot summer months when the plant is growing. Reduce water as the days shorten and it gets cooler at night.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    October

    Move dormant plants to a protected spot outdoors that does not suffer frost or too much winter rain. If you live in an area that gets hit by frost, move in doors.

    November

    Move dormant plants to a protected spot outdoors that does not suffer frost or too much winter rain. If you live in an area that gets hit by frost, move in doors.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    May

    Inspect for aphids.

    June

    Inspect for aphids.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    May

    If you find aphids, wash off with cool water or use a mild solution of soapy water. If the plants are outdoors there is a natural predator wasp that will come along a few weeks after the aphids start and control the them. It might take a few weeks but eventually the aphids will be gone.

    June

    If you find aphids, wash off with cool water or use a mild solution of soapy water. If the plants are outdoors there is a natural predator wasp that will come along a few weeks after the aphids start and control the them. It might take a few weeks but eventually the aphids will be gone.

    July

    If you find aphids, wash off with cool water or use a mild solution of soapy water. If the plants are outdoors there is a natural predator wasp that will come along a few weeks after the aphids start and control the them. It might take a few weeks but eventually the aphids will be gone.

    August

    If you find aphids, wash off with cool water or use a mild solution of soapy water. If the plants are outdoors there is a natural predator wasp that will come along a few weeks after the aphids start and control the them. It might take a few weeks but eventually the aphids will be gone.