Adenium Obesum also known as Desert Rose, is a striking plant with swollen stems and deep succulent red flowers. The plant is deciduous in cooler winters, but it can be kept in leaf provided there is sufficient warmth and light water. There is no part of these plants that doesn’t command interest, from the dramatically swollen stems on older plants to the bright flowers to the tight clusters of narrow, green leaves.
Light: Full sun. Perfect for a sunny window. Water: Water during the summer and spring. Reduce water in the winter, but keep hydrated enough to retain its leaves. Temperature: Keep at least 50ºF (10ºC) at all times; if you keep temperatures of 60ºF (16ºC) or higher during the winter, the plant may retain its leaves. Soil: A well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic). Fertilizer: Fertilize during spring and summer with controlled-release fertilizer or liquid fertilizer according to label directions. Propagation: Typically by seed. If your plant develops a seed pod, plant the seeds as soon as possible after the pod ripens to maximize chances of germination. The Desert Rose can be propagated from branch cuttings, but these plants often fail to develop the characteristic (and highly desired) bulbous stem.