Just picked up a Desert Rose and I plan on working on it. I do not have any experience with Desert Rose plants at all. Does anyone have any pointers? Just in the pot that it came in right now. I plan on repotting and pruning if needed in the near future. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. From what I have found through internet research it looks like the sci. name might be Adenium obesum? Any thoughts that would be appreciated as well.
Post by jerrymeislik on Apr 4, 2006 18:33:24 GMT -5
As you know the Adenium obesum is a succulent and must be treated as such. Repotting and or root-pruning are not needed very often as the roots just do not grow that much in a container. Once you repot you will need to stop watering for a good two to three weeks. Wiring is a difficult chore since the branches are pretty much like celery stalks. On any cuts there is the danger of rot if the cut is not allowed to dry out and form a callus. Jerry Meislik www.bonsaihunk.us Whitefish Montana USA USDA zone 4-5
Thanks for the info Jerry! I repotted it yesterday afternoon. I was amazed with the size of the roots, they were huge ...deep too. Almost the size of the plant. I didn't have a bonsai pot deep enough to accommodate that depth so I had to stick it back in the same pot but I did raise it up about 3 inches. It now has a third leg exposed as part of the trunk. If any one is interested in checking the before and after and the picture of all the roots on this plant, I have progression pics on my web site. www.StinkDog12.com