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Get ready to light up your garden with the dazzling desert rose, also known as 'Adenium obesum', native to Southwestern Africa! It's easy to fall in love with this stunning beauty; it's not really a rose but has amazingly beautiful trumpet flowers that people love. 

Adenium obesum is a deciduous plant with a smaller caudex than Adenium arabicum, which is most frequently used as a desert rose bonsai plant. The Adenium obesum, with its long, narrow, and pointed leaves, grows in clusters at the tips of the branches.

The leaves are typically bright green, waxy with reddish edges, and shiny on both the upper and lower sides, distinguishing them from the arabicum (desert rose). It can grow up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide, making it a true showstopper among other succulent plants.

The blooms of the low-maintenance desert rose plant are trumpet-shaped bright pink, red, and white flowers that appear in spring and summer, have a sweet fragrance, and can last for several weeks. This desert rose can be pruned to produce a compact canopy of leaves and flowers.

There's no way to go wrong growing these gorgeous succulents as long as they're kept at the proper temperature! 

Watering Needs 

The desert rose plant can easily go a month or more without water. If they don't get enough water, the stems will start to show signs of discoloration and then start to shrivel up due to a lack of water.

If you notice this and then give them water again, the stems will swell up again as your adenium desert rose Adenium obesum starts to absorb water into its stems. 

Light Requirements

The desert rose succulent requires a lot of light and should be grown in either full sun or partial shade. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, gradually increase their exposure to sunlight.  

If the sun is too bright and is burning your plant's leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant to a more shaded location. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The adenium desert rose is like a very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5–6.5. Succulents require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Soggy, wet soil can damage your succulent and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive.   

Natural fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your succulent some love with some awesome fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More

The desert rose thrives best at 65 to 75 degrees F. A well-draining potting mix and drainage holes in the potting container will help you maintain temperatures and prevent too much moisture.

If you plant desert rose succulents outdoors, they grow best in USDA zones 11 and 12 in cooler zones. If you live in a colder climate, you should put them in a pot, and they can then be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the desert rose, or Adenium obesum, is a stunning and unique succulent plant that captures the essence of the desert with its striking appearance. With its thick, succulent stems and beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers, it adds a touch of exotic beauty to any garden or indoor space. If you want to learn more about this fascinating desert rose, you can check out our article, "Everything You Need to Know About the Desert Rose." It's a great resource to delve deeper into the world of desert roses and discover all there is to know about their care, propagation, and more. 

We think you will love the Aeonium obesum desert rose plant. Order your very own desert rose today and start enjoying its beauty in no time!

Bloom Season Spring autumn
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Adenium obesum
Botanical Name Adenium obesum 'JK'
Common Name Desert rose
Common Name Desert rose, impala lily
Dormancy Winter
Family Apocynaceae
Flower Color Pink, red, rose
Flower Color Pink, red, white, rose
Genus Adenium
Growth Habit Shrub
Growth Habit Trunk (caudex) shape
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11, 12
Hardiness Zone 11, 12
Mature Size 3–9 ft. tall, 3–5 ft. wide
Mature Size 9 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide
Native Area southwestern Africa, Arabian peninsula
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Plant Type Succulent, tree
Propagation By cuttings, seedss, offsets
Propagation By seeds, stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance, mild frost tolerant
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistance, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Bonsai plant, easy to grow
Special Features Caudiciform growth, showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for dogs, toxic for cats(Keep away from Children)
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Desert Rose

Rotting roots are by far the most common issue with desert rose plants. Overwatering should be minimized to the maximum. These plants' deep roots enable them to store water. They don't need or want to stand in water, so when it comes to watering, it's far better to err on the side of underwatering. Remember to water sparingly and to check that your plant's drainage system is working properly. 

To prevent infestations, routinely check your desert rose leaves and stems for pests.

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

Leaf Drop: Yellowing, or the sudden loss of leaves, is a typical symptom of root rot. Root rot is caused by a fungus. You might be able to save the plant if you discover it in time. You must take out the root ball and any damaged stems and leaves.

FAQs - Desert Rose Plant

How long does the desert rose flowers last? 

The duration of desert rose flowers can vary depending on various factors, such as environmental conditions and care. On average, the flowers of a desert rose plant typically last for about one to two weeks.  

However, with proper care and favorable conditions, some desert rose flowers can last up to three weeks or even longer.  

Is desert rose an indoor plant? 

Desert rose can be grown indoors if you give it bright, indirect sunlight, little watering, average room humidity (around 40% relative humidity), and a temperature range of 65 to 75 F. 

Does desert rose like the full sun? 

Since Adenium is a sun lover, this desert rose is best grown in a full-sun area. Desert roses will not flower if they are not in a bright area.

What is the difference between the desert rose obesum and arabicum varieties?

Both Adenium obesum and Adenium Arabicum varieties, known as desert roses, are flowering plants in the Apocynaceae family. They differ in growth habit and size, with the Arabicum variety having wider, thicker caudex and leaves with fine hairs.  

This large caudex trunk of the desert rose creates a great bonsai tree. On the other hand, the obesum variety has a more compact and rounded growth habit with narrow, pointed, shiny leaves from both the upper and lower sides. Both varieties are beautiful, but Arabicum's thicker caudex sets it apart. 

  

 

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Please note: Our large plants are shipped bare root. They are also many years old, and as a result, they might have minor scaring but will arrive healthy and looking great.

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Get ready to light up your garden with the dazzling desert rose, also known as 'Adenium obesum', native to Southwestern Africa! It's easy to fall in love with this stunning beauty; it's not really a rose but has amazingly beautiful trumpet flowers that people love. 

Adenium obesum is a deciduous plant with a smaller caudex than Adenium arabicum, which is most frequently used as a desert rose bonsai plant. The Adenium obesum, with its long, narrow, and pointed leaves, grows in clusters at the tips of the branches.

The leaves are typically bright green, waxy with reddish edges, and shiny on both the upper and lower sides, distinguishing them from the arabicum (desert rose). It can grow up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide, making it a true showstopper among other succulent plants.

The blooms of the low-maintenance desert rose plant are trumpet-shaped bright pink, red, and white flowers that appear in spring and summer, have a sweet fragrance, and can last for several weeks. This desert rose can be pruned to produce a compact canopy of leaves and flowers.

There's no way to go wrong growing these gorgeous succulents as long as they're kept at the proper temperature! 

Watering Needs 

The desert rose plant can easily go a month or more without water. If they don't get enough water, the stems will start to show signs of discoloration and then start to shrivel up due to a lack of water.

If you notice this and then give them water again, the stems will swell up again as your adenium desert rose Adenium obesum starts to absorb water into its stems. 

Light Requirements

The desert rose succulent requires a lot of light and should be grown in either full sun or partial shade. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, gradually increase their exposure to sunlight.  

If the sun is too bright and is burning your plant's leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant to a more shaded location. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The adenium desert rose is like a very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5–6.5. Succulents require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Soggy, wet soil can damage your succulent and contribute to bacterial and fungal rot. As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive.   

Natural fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your succulent some love with some awesome fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More

The desert rose thrives best at 65 to 75 degrees F. A well-draining potting mix and drainage holes in the potting container will help you maintain temperatures and prevent too much moisture.

If you plant desert rose succulents outdoors, they grow best in USDA zones 11 and 12 in cooler zones. If you live in a colder climate, you should put them in a pot, and they can then be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the desert rose, or Adenium obesum, is a stunning and unique succulent plant that captures the essence of the desert with its striking appearance. With its thick, succulent stems and beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers, it adds a touch of exotic beauty to any garden or indoor space. If you want to learn more about this fascinating desert rose, you can check out our article, "Everything You Need to Know About the Desert Rose." It's a great resource to delve deeper into the world of desert roses and discover all there is to know about their care, propagation, and more. 

We think you will love the Aeonium obesum desert rose plant. Order your very own desert rose today and start enjoying its beauty in no time!

Bloom Season Spring autumn
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Adenium obesum
Botanical Name Adenium obesum 'JK'
Common Name Desert rose
Common Name Desert rose, impala lily
Dormancy Winter
Family Apocynaceae
Flower Color Pink, red, rose
Flower Color Pink, red, white, rose
Genus Adenium
Growth Habit Shrub
Growth Habit Trunk (caudex) shape
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11, 12
Hardiness Zone 11, 12
Mature Size 3–9 ft. tall, 3–5 ft. wide
Mature Size 9 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide
Native Area southwestern Africa, Arabian peninsula
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Plant Type Succulent, tree
Propagation By cuttings, seedss, offsets
Propagation By seeds, stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance, mild frost tolerant
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistance, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Bonsai plant, easy to grow
Special Features Caudiciform growth, showy flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for dogs, toxic for cats(Keep away from Children)
Toxicity Toxic for humans, toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Desert Rose

Rotting roots are by far the most common issue with desert rose plants. Overwatering should be minimized to the maximum. These plants' deep roots enable them to store water. They don't need or want to stand in water, so when it comes to watering, it's far better to err on the side of underwatering. Remember to water sparingly and to check that your plant's drainage system is working properly. 

To prevent infestations, routinely check your desert rose leaves and stems for pests.

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

Leaf Drop: Yellowing, or the sudden loss of leaves, is a typical symptom of root rot. Root rot is caused by a fungus. You might be able to save the plant if you discover it in time. You must take out the root ball and any damaged stems and leaves.

FAQs - Desert Rose Plant

How long does the desert rose flowers last? 

The duration of desert rose flowers can vary depending on various factors, such as environmental conditions and care. On average, the flowers of a desert rose plant typically last for about one to two weeks.  

However, with proper care and favorable conditions, some desert rose flowers can last up to three weeks or even longer.  

Is desert rose an indoor plant? 

Desert rose can be grown indoors if you give it bright, indirect sunlight, little watering, average room humidity (around 40% relative humidity), and a temperature range of 65 to 75 F. 

Does desert rose like the full sun? 

Since Adenium is a sun lover, this desert rose is best grown in a full-sun area. Desert roses will not flower if they are not in a bright area.

What is the difference between the desert rose obesum and arabicum varieties?

Both Adenium obesum and Adenium Arabicum varieties, known as desert roses, are flowering plants in the Apocynaceae family. They differ in growth habit and size, with the Arabicum variety having wider, thicker caudex and leaves with fine hairs.  

This large caudex trunk of the desert rose creates a great bonsai tree. On the other hand, the obesum variety has a more compact and rounded growth habit with narrow, pointed, shiny leaves from both the upper and lower sides. Both varieties are beautiful, but Arabicum's thicker caudex sets it apart. 

  

 

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