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Adenium obesum SEEDS

Adenium obesum SEEDS

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The Adenium obesum, commonly known as the Desert Rose, is a striking succulent plant native to the arid regions of the Arabian Peninsula and Africa. It is famed for its beautiful, trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom in a range of colors—most commonly in shades of pink, red, and white. What sets the Desert Rose apart is its uniquely shaped caudex, or swollen stem base, which serves as a water reservoir to sustain the plant during drought conditions.

This plant is often cultivated for its ornamental qualities and can reach an age of over 10,000 years in its natural habitat, a testament to its durability and longevity. In cultivation, however, most Desert Roses will live for several decades with proper care.

Cultivation from Seeds:

  1. Seed Preparation: Adenium obesum seeds should be soaked in warm water for a few hours to soften the outer coating and promote germination.

  2. Sowing: Sow the seeds in a well-draining soil mix, ideally suited for succulents and cacti. The seeds should be placed on the soil surface and not completely buried.

  3. Germination Environment: Keep the soil warm (around 25-30°C or 77-86°F) and moist. A plastic cover or dome can help maintain the necessary humidity levels.

  4. Watering: Lightly water the soil to keep it moist but not soggy. Overwatering can lead to seed rot.

  5. Germination Time: The seeds typically germinate within a week or two but may take longer.

  6. Seedling Care: Once germinated, remove the plastic cover and provide the seedlings with bright, indirect light. Be cautious with watering, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering sessions.

  7. Transplanting: When the seedlings are sturdy enough, transplant them into individual pots with the appropriate soil mix.

  8. Ongoing Care: Desert Rose enjoys full sun to partial shade and requires less water than most plants. During the dormant winter months, reduce watering significantly.

With time, patience, and care, an Adenium obesum grown from seed can become a stunning specimen, rewarding growers with its remarkable caudex and vibrant floral display.


Botanical family: Apocynaceae

Botanical genus: Adenium

Botanical species: Adenium obesum

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