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Anyone have a Desert Rose?

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

In the ground. They grow quite well here.

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Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

I have a few small ones; I have seen some beautiful big ones (like yours) in the Florida Keys in the ground.

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I have several - one is about 15' tall - the rest are smaller, but all are beautiful when they bloom. Edited to say I was thinking of CONFEDERATE rose - sorry!

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Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

Fifteen feet? I have never seen one that big. Picture please!!!

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Sorry, folks - I just trimmed my CONFEDERATE rose plants - LOL - had them on my mind. A 15' desert rose - I don't THINK SO!

My DR's are just coming to life - took them out of the greenhouse about 2 weeks ago - they don't look so good right now - lots of cold damage.

Naples, FL(Zone 10a)

:-((

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

I have four, one red, one pink, and two normal ones. They all need to be repotted this year. They don't do well in the ground here, because they rot in the rainy season. I will be repotting all of them soon in 50/50 potting mix and perlite.

Merida, Centro, Mexico(Zone 11)

Wow! That's an amazing, elegant adenium.

I have four in big pots on my roof terrace. In January, a couple of weeks after I repotted them in moderately large, wide mouthed plastic pots in which I drilled extra holes, I checked them and two had had aphids and ants on several flowers.

Somewhere I read about mixing vinegar and detergent with water to spray on the bugs and kill them. Not very successful. In the next day or two all the flowers, 6 or 8 per pot, were covered with aphids and ants.

I sprayed the detergent & vinegar mixture on them all. In fact, at the time I figured that whether or not the mixture worked, it didn't matter because I certainly must have drowned all the bugs.

A few days later, all the leaves and flowers had fallen off. Clearly the mixture I concoted was far too harsh I had 4 pots of naked Adeniums. Not a pretty sight.

But they all came back.

Now, almost all are covered with flowers. I went about a month without doing anything to them until I began seeing little signs of growth at which point I began a slow watering regimen. After a month or so. the flowers began to return.

The moral of my anecdote is "don't give up." These are truly tough plants, in addition to being exotically beautiful, they clearly are thriving.


In lieu of fertizer, I use compost combined with fallen leaves, I water usually morning and evening.

Today they are all happy and blooming successfully. But none of them is anywhere near 14 feet tall.

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

What a story! I am so happy for you that they came back OK.

And they are tough plants until they are over watered, then pouf! And ants farm the aphids, I'm sure you know.

All of the in-the-ground DRs here go from a foot tall up to about six feet. And the soil here is frightfully alkaline, the test doesn't turn green, it turns a dark midnight blue!

They do get the 'perfect' drainage they need.

Thank you for posting your story, bbode!



Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

I spray mine with 1/3 cup Murphy's Oil Soap to 1 gallon of water. You have to spray in the morning early or in the evening when it is cooler. Works really well for me.

Merida, Centro, Mexico(Zone 11)

My hope was that a message would go out through the world of aphids that there was a crazy woman on a rooftop trying to drown them. So far, so good. A couple of the plants have a few yellowing leaves but otherwise seem healthy. About 3 weeks ago, I spread a homemade compost & organic fertilizer mixture on top of the pots to take advantage of the warmer weather and more rain. They seem to be thriving. I water every 2 or 3 days.

I have the all the plants in plastic pots inside triangle-shaped cement pots on wheels with hand brakes. Several layers of drainage in each pot are assisted by the fact that all the roofs around here are slanted to drain off rain. A photograph of one of the smallest Adeniums is attached. bb

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Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

That's a very pretty red! And brakes on a flower pot, I like that!

Melbourne, FL

wow!!! Gorgeous! i have a question about my desert rose that I hope someone can answer...i have had this plant for 4 years and it has always bloomed beautifully up until this year. I get plenty of buds on it and then they just fall off without ever blooming. It has been in the same spot now for over two years and has never had this problem. I have 2 other small one in pots that are doing great. Anyone have any input on this??? Thanks!!

Christiansted, VI(Zone 11)

OK, seawillow, there must be something that you've changed.

They like 'super bloom' kinds of fertilizer.

bb, gorgeous blooms! Lucky you!

Delray Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Hello, everyone.

My big momma desert rose (pink) loves it when I give it orchid bloom booster. So, I mix 1/2 batch Miracle Gro and 1/2 batch orchid bloom booster and it is so happy. I have just purchased a smaller adenium (yellow) and I have started it on the same fertilizer regimen. It seems to enjoy it.

Take care, all.
Sylvain.

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