Needs little water
Tolerates direct sunlight
Not air-purifying
Nutrition every month (summer)
Not toxic for animals
Repot yearly
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The Adenium, also called the desert rose, is a special appearance and comes from the periwinkle family. In the wild they become very large, but in the Netherlands they are often smaller and sometimes as bonsai.


The desert rose comes from very dry areas, so the plant needs little water. If you continue to place the plant in a warm and light spot, there is actually nothing that can go wrong. For younger specimens it is recommended to be careful with direct sunlight.

Adenium care


The desert rose blooms in March to the end of July, then goes into rest for a few months and will flower again in September to October.

The flowers of Adenium Obesum are arranged in groups at the top of the usually leafless branches during flowering. The flowers consist of a long crown tube, which on the inside is usually yellowish with pink stripes and five coronets that can be white with a pink edge or pink with a carmine red edge.

The fruits are narrow cigar-shaped, up to 24 cm long and 2 cm wide. They stand together with two pieces, placed perpendicular to the stem. When ripe, they open, revealing many seeds with a crest of silky hairs.


When there are flowers on the desert rose, it is important that they get a lot of water. Always give them enough water, but make sure that the soil can dry out a little every now and then. In winter you give less water.


It is advisable to repot the desert rose once or twice a year. The best period to do this is between the 2 flowering periods.


The Adenium Obesum occurs naturally in dry areas in East Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa.


The desert rose does not easily suffer from vermin.

Interesting to know

  • Various glycosides have since been found in the Adenium Obesum. This has attracted the attention of modern researchers in the field of anti-cancer drugs. It may well be that the Adenium Obesum will be used in chemotherapy in a few years' time.
  • In the Sahel, glycocide is used to combat venereal diseases, while the milk juice is used to solve oral and dental problems.
  • Milk juice from the Adenium Obesum is used in Kenya to fight lice and mites by lubricating itself with it.
  • When you take care of this Adenium Obesum as described, you will be able to enjoy this bonsai-like desert rose for a long time!

Suitable plant nutrition for Adenium

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