Adenium Obesum 'Orange Star' Seeds
Adenium Obesum Desert Rose 'Orange Star' 5 Fresh seeds
Desert Rose is one of our favorite plants. Native to arid areas of Africa including Madagascar , Tanzania , Kenya and Uganda is a popular houseplant in temperate regions. Desert Rose is a succulent bush with thick fleshy branches. Adenium obesum is both beautiful and resilient. The 'obesum' name refers to the large fat base of the plant. Adenium obesum plants deserve far more appreciation. Desert Rose is excellent in pots especially for people who "kill everything" because Adenium lives with little care and can take a good deal of neglect.
Always at its best with some attention, your Desert Rose will become larger, more interesting and more valuable every year. Large specimens can cost $1,000 for older plants with large bases and a multitude of branches.More branches mean more flowers which are extremely attractive. 5-petaled bell-shaped or tubular flowers of varying sizes are borne at stem tips, in clusters of 3 or more. The leaves are a glossy green and semi-deciduous, depending on your care and your climate outdoors. Adenium obesum can reach 1-3m tall, though most cultivated hybrids and varieties grow between 0.5-1.5m tall and bonsai, much shorter.
Because Desert Roses are so lovely, many people wonder "How do I grow a desert rose? or "Is starting Adenium seeds difficult?" Growing a desert rose from seed is not hard at all. It simply requires a little knowledge.
Desert Rose plants from seeds develop vastly the best character with no two plants alike in shape. When your seed pod is fully ripe on the plant, it will split open revealing seeds with beautiful "wings" so that seeds will quickly blow away
Seeds like those above (naturally fresh ripe) should be planted ASAP for maximum germination percentage. As with all seeds, plant at depth of seed in high quality pro mix (peat moss based) sterile soil. Keep soil top lightly moist .
Once the seedlings appear, water only from below. In about a month, the seedlings will be large enough to transplant to a permanent container.
If you are starting Adenium seeds, you can expect that the seedlings to bloom in the same year, which is nice as the flowers are what makes them so lovely.
Position Desert Rose in full sun or some afternoon shade for best flowering, but use even less water in partial shade conditions. Select an acid soil mix with plenty of peat moss and organic elements and coarse sand. Be certain the soil mix and the pot drain very well.
If left without added water and no rain for a long time or after a cold night, your desert rose can lose most or all of its leaves. Never fear, they will re-grow after watering or after warm weather returns.
Desert Rose responds amazingly well to food so use plenty of time release pellet food Growth will be much faster and flowers will be more prolific as well. With a very well drained soil and pot and with quality fertilizer available, you can water often to stimulate maximum growth and flowering. Do not wet leaves.
Flowers are best during the spring and fall months, but flowering can occur any month of the year.
Little 'secret' how to create a weird shape of base
Lift the plant a bit every time you re-pot it, so the upper parts of roots will be a little exposed. The plant will form more roots that will go down. To make your plant develop a large swollen base/trunk, you need a good quality fertilizer. Fertilizer requirement for swelling up trunks is also used to increase flowering. It shouldn't be too high in nitrogen, the middle number should be the highest. Never apply fertilizer directly on roots and do not liquid feed when a plant is thirsty: always water first slightly to avoid root burn and leaf drop.
Sowing : You must ensure that you use a free draining compost. We use Coir which allows excellent drainage and also contains a low amount of fertilizer to give the seedlings a boost. We have also used a 50/50 mix of perlite and cactus compost which is an excellent alternative. Pre-soak your seeds for 2-3 hours in warm water before planting them on the surface of your compost mix. Then cover the seeds with an amount of compost equal to the depth of the seed. You can also cover them with a thin layer of vermiculite.
The most important elements of germinating adenium seeds is constant heat (70-80 deg F)and moisture during germination.
Once your seeds are planted you must not allow them to dry out at any time until they have germinated. Check daily for signs of the compost drying out and if nesscercery water with a fine mist. © plumeria2u
Propagating Adenium from seed is fun and exciting. Adenium seeds are not true to the parent plant. Which means the seedlings can be (but might be not) different from the parent Adenium. Seeds are the reason we have so many named varieties.