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Adenium obesum
Desert Rose, Mock Azalea, Impala Lilly

Adenium obesum originates from East Africa but is found widely cultivated in tropical regions as a garden and house plant because of it lovely variously coloured star shaped flowers. All parts of the Adeniums are toxic with its Sap and Roots being used as a poison in hunting in Africa. The Adeniums are trouble free easy to care for plants it need to be maintained at temperatures above 10C, have a dryish soil and a well light location. Its physical characteristics of bulbous trunk, gnarled roots, stemy branches make it a unique and attractive bonsai.


Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade




Bright well light position out of windy cold drafts. Winter temperatures should be maintained at well over 10C.


Adenium can suffer from root rot if over watered, but can also be badly damaged it let to dry completely. Water thoroughly when you water, but let the soil dry out partially before watering again. During winter if no leaves are on the plant best not to water, begin watering as soon as leaves growth start again in spring.


Feed biweekly with balanced fertiliser if you want to encourage leaf growth with a high. A

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune heavy branches when plant is dormant in autumn/winter. Constantly prune young shoots to encourage more branching.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Root prune every other year, use a well drained soil. Prune in mid-late spring when temperatures have settled. Use Damolin 1 part and Pumice 1 part 1 Part Bark. Prune away heavy roots it will encourage finer roots to grow.


Not normally necessary as shaping is carried out with selective pruning.


All parts of the Adenium are Toxic especially the sap. So use disposal gloves when pruning blanches and roots and wash hands properly.

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