Adenium “Desert Rose” (Adenium obesum), packet of 10 seeds

$4.95

Family:  Dogbane (Apocynaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, best grown as a potted plant.  Protect from frost.

(Desert Rose)  Caudiciform perennial native to South Sahara, Sahel, East and South Africa, Arabia and especially the island of Socotra. A perfect bonsai, naturally!  Will thrive for years in the half light of a window, potted to cactus mix and kept on the dry side.  One of the oddest and most interesting plants worldwide.  Do not eat it.   Traditional uses (TAM): skin emollient, pain relief.   Sow seeds in cactus mix in a warm and brightly lit location.  Water only when surface becomes dry.  Germination in 1 to 3 weeks.

10 seeds/pkt, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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    Stacia Donovan

    I have been wanting to get a desert rose for a houseplant for quite sometime and just saw this as I was getting my seed order ready. Could this variety live inside as a houseplant?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Stacia, Yes, “obesum” is the main species and is commonly grown indoors. The cactus mix must be kept very dry. Richo

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    • Spirit Cadet (verified owner)

      Dear Richo,

      Firstly, thanks so much for running this website the way you do! Your personal responses and growing tips rock! Secondly, I’m a first time gardener and am growing a flat of these babies. I see in the comment above you say the cactus mix must be kept very dry–must they be kept dry while they germinate or after the seedling has sprouted? Thanks again for all you do! Plant power!

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Spirit,
      Thanks for contacting and its my pleasure. I grow mine just like aloes and it works fine although I’m sure other approaches would work, too. I just make a fast-draining mix, put the seeds on that, hold them down with a little coarse sand, then cover with white pumice and keep warm and under the lights. In answer to your question I seem to remember I keep them pretty moist until germination then back off. The pumice sort of absorbs the impact of the water so the seeds don’t dislodge, then holds them up straight after they germ. Richo

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