Desert rose as bonsai

Mortalis

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I have recently acquired a desert rose. I am having a hard time locating any real information about it.

My questions are these

What is the correct watering of this tree. I have found information saying it can survive neglect but how much water does it like.

How often do you fertilize it.

Is in possible to make a good bonsai with this material.
 

greerhw

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Sorry, but desert rose is not and never will be a bonsai, just a lovely flower.....

keep it green,
Harry
 

emorrin

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The Desert Rose is more or less a succulent. I have mine in 100% NAPA #8822 Floor Dry and only water it once a week. It is not a "traditional" bonsai species. I cannot see why it cannot be made one though. The roots are thick and fleshy so it may take a couple of root prunes to get it into a shallow pot. I still have mine in a deeper pot but will work on getting it into a shallow pot next year or the year after. They can be grown indoors near a bright window (west or east depending upon which side gets the most sun). They do however do better outdoors.

Here are a few sites with some good info on this species:


http://www.tropicanursery.com/adenium/cultivation.htm
http://mgonline.com/articles/desertrose.aspx
http://www.hort.wisc.edu/mastergardener/Fe...ose/adenium.htm
 

Rick Moquin

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I have recently acquired a desert rose. I am having a hard time locating any real information about it.

My questions are these

What is the correct watering of this tree. I have found information saying it can survive neglect but how much water does it like.

How often do you fertilize it.

Is in possible to make a good bonsai with this material.
The first link by Emorin is probably the best on the net.

As mentioned adenium obessum is a succulent and requires water sparingly, it's reserve is in it's hump. Kept indoors once every couple of weeks or so.

Once a month except when in bloom

Although they are nice, they make terrible bonsai, although some fine specimens can be found in Asia. Our climate does not support decent bonsaiable growth.
 

pauldogx

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Do a google search on Susan Amoy. She does alot of succulent bonsai. She is located in New York.
I am not sure if she has a website or not. She will certainly be able to answer your questions. She did a great presentation on succulent Bonsai at the Mid-Atlantic convention this spring.
 
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