(Adenium obesum) is a succulent
member of the Oleander family. (Note: Oleander family member plants
are poisonous to pets and children.) In fact, many desert roses
are actually grafted onto an oleander before they are sold. The grafted version will grow faster and produce more flowers
. The non-grafted form has a bulbous, water-storing stem at the base (called a caudex). The grafted desert rose
has a long, thin stem with a grafting lump higher up on the stem.
must be in direct sun all year round if you want it to flower
. That pretty much limits it to an unobstructed south-facing window.
In winter, desert rose
has a dormant period during which it should be allowed to dry completely and kept in cool temps (55 to 60 degrees). It will shed most of its leaves during dormancy so don"t be alarmed. In the spring
, resume normal watering and fertilize sparingly. flowers
usually appear in April and again in September. In late fall, as the light decreases, leaves will start to drop. That is a signal that it is going into its dormant period.
Grafted desert roses
can withstand warmer temps in winter and should be fertilized a bit more frequently.