Flowering Desert Rose, Adenium obesum

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Just thought I post a few pictures of my Desert Rose Bonsai.
 

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DannyBonsai

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I've always liked that plant, but there isn't mutch you can do to make a bonsai, because the branches cansnap under slight weight, and the trunk can't be wired. but they are nice for flowering each summer. and it is one of the only succulent woody scrubs that are easy to come by. I have one I trained like a madagaskan bottle tree.
 

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DannyBonsai: Yes, they're not ideal for manipulating like other trees. Having said that, it doesn't mean that you can't shape them. I saw this one at the home depot about 4 years ago and thought it had some potential. I started shaping it to a bonsai style since, which meant I had to gradually cut the fleshy roots that were about the same size as the plant itself. It was just a regular house plant when I got it. Whoever says Adeniums can't be bonsai, are "bonsai snobs." Check out these links to videos on desert rose bonsai's in southeast asia.
:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPfHiEuASpU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw_6xCQfEhw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROgVMGhWNa8&feature=related
 

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I agree they do make good bonsai, but there are the "traditional, only-asian tree-species will work-with-only-traditional-styles folks. Kind of like the painters who only copy other's work. the art will never grow unless people try new styles and plants. Desert rose is now where schefflera and ficus were 15 years ago. in regards to my previous post, I wonder how an actual bottle tree bonsai would look?
 

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DannyBonsai: Yes, they're not ideal for manipulating like other trees. Having said that, it doesn't mean that you can't shape them. I saw this one at the home depot about 4 years ago and thought it had some potential. I started shaping it to a bonsai style since, which meant I had to gradually cut the fleshy roots that were about the same size as the plant itself. It was just a regular house plant when I got it. Whoever says Adeniums can't be bonsai, are "bonsai snobs." Check out these links to videos on desert rose bonsai's in southeast asia.
:)


I love your plant!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Could you please keep us updated? I also have a post in Tropicals- "Adenium (Desert Rose) Caudex & Bonsai Process", that I'd like you to look at.

Wondering if mine had potential or if it's too straight and what I could do to make it look better for the bonsai process.

Thank you!
 

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