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Desert Rose

English name:

Desert Rose

Latin name:

Adenium obesum

About me:

My common name is misleading - I am in no way related to a rose, but am actually a succulent. You may also hear me referred to as Mock Azalea and Sabi Star.

Useful to know:

Origin

I am native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Height/Growth

I am a slow grower but have a long life, hence my popularity as a Bonsai tree.

Light

I love sunlight, so find me a bright room and maybe a windowsill spot.

Water

I'm a tropical plant, so during spring and summer, keep me lightly moist. During cooler months, wait for my soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Temperature

I'm more than happy living in normal room temperatures of between 16-24 degrees C.

Feeding

Fertilise me once a month in spring and summer.

Grooming

My leaves tend to drop during winter if temperatures get too cold but I may keep them all year round if kept in a room warmer than 16 degrees C.

Care

If you repot me, please use well draining soil (ask for cactus soil). I am susceptible to root rot during winter so please don't overwater me

Toxicity

All parts of me are poisonous if ingested so keep me away from nibbly pets and kids.

Fact

My sap was traditionally used as arrow poison for hunting big game in the Sahara!

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