Adenium Red (Grafted) - Adenium Serene Rose, Adenium obesum, Desert Rose Plant
Size: 5'' Black Plastic Pot
Height: 1-2 feet
Adenium Obesum, Desert Rose, Adenium obesum" Also known by the names "Sabi Star, Kudu, Mock Azalea, Impala Lily & Desert-rose.
Adenium also is known as desert rose is slow growing but long-lived succulent plant. The attractive flowers of adeniums and their interesting bottle-shaped trunk make them desirable for the garden.
Adenium requires direct sunlight and fresh air; plants grown in shade will flower poorly, become leggy, and are more susceptible to diseases. However, it is necessary to protect the newly exposed portions (caudex) from direct sun, or sunscald may occur.
Adeniums in general responds to high temperatures. An ideal temperature for better growth and flowering is 30-35° Celsius, preferably accompanied by moderate to high humidity. However, growth and flowering seem to be suppressed by temperatures consistently above 38° Celsius. Dormancy is induced in all taxa when nights regularly fall below about10° Celsius.
Proper watering is the key to keeping your Adenium healthy. The frequency of watering depends on container and soil mix used to plant and of course temperature. Adenium needs more water when plants actively growing and hot summer days. During monsoon and winter water requirement is less as soil retains moisture for a longer period due to slow absorption by plants.
Desert rose requires excellent drainage in any soil mix; if it is not provided, the roots rot, resulting in poor growth or death of the plant. The soil mix also must have moisture retention properties, along with adequate nutrients. Use a mixture of one part coarse sand, half part coco peat, and half part worm compost or well-rotted cow dung, which will hold some moisture but still drain nicely.
During the first 2–3 yrs, young plants make rapid growth if provided with adequate fertilizer, then growth slows down as they mature. Give young plants a full strength complete liquid fertilizer every 2 wks. For more mature plants, reduce or eliminate the liquid fertilizer, but use a slow-release fertilizer.
Root prune and repot every year or two, using a good draining soil mix such as described above. A plant can tolerate being root-bound (tight in the pot.)
Pest and Diseases:
The common enemies of Desert Rose are aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, caterpillars, sometimes scale insects, and fungus. Bugs are pretty easy to handle if you observe and inspect your Desert Rose often ...you'll see the pests and can take action. Sometimes, the leaves are eaten by small worm. If the trouble is not serious, just remove the worm out of the plant.
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