Adenium plants are a native to Africa and Arabian peninsula. Growing in harsh conditions has made the plant really tough and resistant to heat and sunlight. So, it suits very well in warm conditions with less water. It has been spread as a houseplant and accepted by all. Even used as grafted plants, bonsai etc. It is a very slow growing plant and grows only a few inches every year. Some plants have been seen to be of few feet in height. As they develop in hot climates, they do not survive the cold and die when exposed to ice / snow / low temperatures. It is used as an ornamental plant indoors as well as outdoors.
Red and White color flowers
|Pot size||5 inches|
|Plant height||0.7 feet|
|Plant spread||0.5 feet|
Plant care best practices
Adeniums are tough plants and can survive heat and high temperature. They are low in maintenance and can be kept in a corner and forgotten. As the water requirements are very less, they are not demanding. Also, due to a sap that comes out of them which is toxic, less bugs attack them. The water requirements of the Adenium need to be proper and regular. Rest., they can be grown easily and fast. When exposed to low temperatures, it drops the leaves and looks like its dead. In summers and high temperatures however, it blooms and grows.
Once received, open the box and water the plant slightly. Keep it in an airy place. Do repotting only after a week or so
Direct Sunlight is needed for its proper growth
Planting medium needs
A well draind sandy soil or desert soil is good. Water logging should not be there.
The water needs to be given only when the soil is totally dry. Overwatering can cause root rot and the plant might die. When kept in a container, there should be holes enough to allow the excess water to move out.
Once every month with organic fertilizers
Yellow leaves : Due to root rot. Need to open the roots and cut the rotten portion. Replant in a new container.
Powdery mildew : mist the plant properly.
Spider mites : They look like small dots. Wipe the underside of the leaves with moist cloth gently.
Toxic to all
They are very slow growers and attain only a few inches every year.