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Desert Rose (Adenium besum) is a succulent plant species native to East Africa. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its attractive appearance, featuring a swollen, bottle-like stem and large, showy flowers in shades of pink, red, white or yellow.
Where to grow Desert Rose
Choose a location with well-draining soil and full sun exposure. Desert roses are well adapted to arid climates and can tolerate long periods of drought, well suited to Perth summers and warm northern areas of Western Australia. It requires well-draining soil and protection from frost to thrive. It is often grown in pots to maximise sun exposure throughout seasons.
Planting Desert Rose in Pots
If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Premium Potting mix. Make a hole in the centre of the soil that is slightly larger than the root ball of the desert rose. Carefully remove the plant from its container and loosen any tangled roots. Place the plant in the hole and backfill the soil around it, gently firming the soil down around the roots.
Water the plant thoroughly, but allow the soil to drain completely. Avoid overwatering, which can cause root rot. Place the potted desert rose in a bright, sunny location.