Plant Care Desert Rose Plant

Desert Rose Plant

4.5 out of 5 (43 experiences)

Desert Rose Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Desert Rose Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Desert Rose Plant

The sap of A. obesum contains toxic cardiac glycosides and is used as arrow poison throughout Africa for hunting large game.

Taxonomy

Adenium obesum
Adenium
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

Also known as

Desert Azalea, Impala Lily, Adenium socotranum and Adenium arabicum

How to care for Desert Rose Plant

Water

How often to water your Desert Rose Plant

Water needs for Desert Rose Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Desert Rose Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Desert Rose Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Desert Rose Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Desert Rose Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Desert Rose Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Desert Rose Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Desert Rose Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Desert Rose Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Desert Rose Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Desert Rose Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Desert Rose Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Desert Rose Plant

Desert Rose Plant

Desert Rose Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Desert Rose Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 30
Desert Rose Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 15
Desert Rose Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 14
Desert Rose Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Desert Rose Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Desert Rose Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Desert Rose Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Newearth369 avatar
@Newearth369
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 231 XP
globe Miami, FL
02/03/2022

Little bugs like to eat it, you’ll need mosquito bits or neem oil to keep the pests away.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ziggy avatar
@Ziggy
leaf-1 121 Plants
xp 7,663 XP
globe Chicago, IL
12/01/2021

All parts of this plant are toxic.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 2,817 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL
09/25/2021

This is a beautiful plant whose flowers bloom a vibrant pink. The root stem and branches provide an interesting, sculpture like appearance.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Jershwer avatar
@Jershwer
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 538 XP
09/19/2021

It would be nice if the app let me indicate when this plant goes dormant so it will not ask me to water it when it is not active. Otherwise I look forward to getting to be a more observant grower of this plant that blooms like a rose, but is incredibly water sensitive, especially in winter.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Kc.ssidy avatar
@Kc.ssidy
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 161 XP
globe New York
09/19/2021

Grew from seed, super easy to grow

Survivor Survivor
Nellbell85 avatar
@Nellbell85
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Boulder, CO
09/13/2021

This one is everyone’s fave of my collection; I call it a survivor (had a bout with pests several months ago, & a couple weeks ago). It’s pretty easy to tell if it’s in distress & take appropriate action. I wired the branches bc when it was blooming they got weighed down. It’s a speculate addition!

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Jfishtruck avatar
@Jfishtruck
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 147 XP
09/06/2021

If you want a unique, resilient, and funky plant: adenium obesum is the way to go. This plant loves to grow, it has grown two inches in the last three weeks for me.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Userofweed avatar
@Userofweed
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Altha, FL
08/19/2021

I’m still learning about this plant but so far it’s survived a year in my Florida porch garden

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Darrah avatar
@Darrah
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Metairie, LA
07/28/2021

Super easy care and slow growth makes new leaves very exciting

Vinet avatar
@Vinet
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,724 XP
07/27/2021

All the leaves will fall off and then regrow again.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Nishlaursen avatar
@Nishlaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/28/2021

A total survivor, our desert rose has been neglected and went through a bit of shock but it is starting to bounce back. Blooms beautiful light pink flowers 🌸

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Walquiria avatar
@Walquiria
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 378 XP
globe Matawan, NJ
06/18/2021

When I first received my first plant, I thought it was dead upon arrival. But I like the shape and decide to plant it. For my surprise, in few days, leaves start to grow. Actually it was a healthy plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Walquiria avatar
@Walquiria
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 378 XP
globe Matawan, NJ
06/18/2021

If you received it by mail, don’t assume it is dead upon arrival. Just plant it and water it. It will revive.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Thebeeguy avatar
@Thebeeguy
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 549 XP
06/15/2021

The leaves keep falling off. It seems like it’s healthy. At first I was having problems keeping my cat out of it but it’s cool now.

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 81,425 XP
globe Austin, TX
06/08/2021

Love bright direct light and regular but light watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Daniroe avatar
@Daniroe
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 109 XP
globe Stoke Golding, England
06/07/2021

Drops leaves constantly and not happy

Bill avatar
@Bill
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe New York
05/31/2021

I’m new to this plant giving it a try

Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 81,425 XP
globe Austin, TX
05/24/2021

So easy to grow. Rather hard to make flower. Love how they look though!

Survivor Survivor
Vinet avatar
@Vinet
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,724 XP
05/24/2021

It loves the sun. Does not need much water. Can go a few weeks without water.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Taydenise3 avatar
@Taydenise3
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 224 XP
globe League City, TX
05/22/2021

Definitely thrives in warm weather! Mine bloomed super quickly and is looking beautiful.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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