Desert Rose

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  • Stunning Flowering Succulent
  • Low Maintenance
  • Pink & Red Flowers
  • Bright Sunlight in South Facing Window

It is hard to believe that a succulent can produce the stunning flowers you will see on a Desert Rose (Adenium obesum). The large, rose-shaped flowers usually appear in late spring or early summer. Even when not in bloom this plant shows off deep green waxy leaves and a fat, unique light-colored trunk. This native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula uses little water and thrives in heat. Grow it as a houseplant all winter in cool zones and move Desert Rose out to your patio or deck in summer for some full sun and heat.

Most Desert Rose plants have a bonsai appearance. Outside in hot climates, the plants can grow up to 9 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. But your container-grown Desert Rose will grow only a few feet high. Choose a special container; your Desert Rose will look beautiful on the floor or a table. Desert Rose usually goes dormant, which means it drops its leaves in winter; this helps the plant be stronger for spring growth and bloom. Even when dormant, the trunk provides interest in houseplant arrangements.

Desert Rose Care

Give Desert Rose plenty of bright light by placing it near a South-facing window. Water only after the soil has dried completely. Cut back on watering even more in winter until the plant begins to leaf out. Keep your Desert Rose in a cool location of your home. It might not go dormant if temperatures always hover at 70 degrees or higher. Add a balanced fertilizer every month during the growing and flowering season of your plant. Don’t fertilize Desert Rose in winter.

Desert Rose Spacing

Desert Rose is an outdoor plant only in the hottest areas of the United States (zones 11 and 12). It cannot handle frost, so it is best to grow it alone in a container so you can bring it inside if there is any chance of frost.

Desert Rose Plant Facts

Light Requirement: Bright Light
Maintenance: Low
Watering: Low
Height: 3 - 4 Feet Tall
Spread: 1 - 2 Feet Wide
Habit: Upright
Foliage Color(s): Waxy Green
Flower Color: Pink & Red
Bloom Period: Late Spring to Early Summer
Scientific Name: Adenium obesum
Common Name: Desert Rose

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Desert Rose Show Reviews

  • 5
    Indoor Plant

    Posted by Bev on Feb 17th 2020

    I bought this for my friend to go into their office as a gift for them getting a promotion. The plant arrived in great condition! I replanted this into a nice looking container and the plant is doing great in their office window. Plus its nice that it doesn't take very much care to thrive!