Desert Rose

The native habitat of the Desert Rose is East Africa and the northern part of Saudi Arabia. In Europe, it is considered a rare tropical plant and is best suited for a greenhouse or conservatory. Growing and achieving its flowering requires a lot of patience. Its blooming period extends from spring to late autumn, and its flowers can be pink, light pink, crimson, and purple. Occasionally, they can also be burgundy or golden.

What causes the Desert Rose to not bloom?

Under ideal conditions, it will eventually start blooming. However, if it doesn’t, the reasons may include:

  • Transplantation:
    After being transplanted, the plant focuses its energy on root development rather than blooming until it acclimates to its new environment. Patience is required in this case.
  • Watering:
    While the Desert Rose tolerates dry conditions, it requires ample watering during its blooming period. However, it’s important to avoid standing water and excessive soil moisture.
  • Light:
    This plant has a high light requirement, and if it doesn’t receive sufficient sunlight, it may not produce flowers.
  • Nutrients:
    Although it doesn’t require a lot of nutrients, it’s advisable to provide adequate fertilization during the blooming period.

By addressing these factors, you can ensure that your Desert Rose will eventually bloom.

Caring for the Desert Rose

This plant requires repotting every two years, preferably in mid-spring. During this time, it should be transplanted into a pot that is at least one size larger. Use a well-draining potting mix for planting. To allow the plant enough time to adjust, it’s advisable to reduce watering for 1-2 weeks after repotting.

During the spring and summer months, water the plant regularly. However, during the plant’s fall-winter dormant period, reduce the amount and frequency of watering. Fertilizing every two weeks is recommended during the summer months. The Desert Rose doesn’t tolerate stagnant water, as it can lead to root rot and fungal diseases, ultimately causing the plant to deteriorate. It may be susceptible to attacks from spider mites, but other diseases are not common.

Sunlight requirements for the Desert Rose are high, so it’s advisable to place it in an area where it receives a minimum of 5-6 hours of sunlight per day. If you’re growing it indoors, always look for the sunniest spot in your home and place it near a window. During the growing season, from May to October, it can be kept outdoors, even in full sun.

However, it’s beneficial to provide some protection from storm damage and excessive rainfall. The ideal locations for the Desert Rose are a greenhouse, conservatory, covered terrace, or balcony. Ensure that the minimum nighttime temperature does not drop below 10 degrees Celsius.

For the plant kept outdoors, it’s recommended to fertilize it 2-3 times during the spring and summer months by adding fertilizer to the watering. For indoor plants, it’s advisable to provide them with weekly doses of fertilizer during the spring and summer.

When the Desert Roses enter their dormant period at the end of October, they shed their leaves.

Propagation of the Desert Rose

Propagation of the Desert Rose can be done through seed sowing, stem cuttings, and grafting, with grafting being a common method especially for selected hybrid varieties with specific flower colors.

Online Store, Ordering

In nurseries and flower shops, you often come across the basic variety of Desert Roses, which are usually propagated by stem cuttings or grafted onto oleander rootstocks. These specimens do not develop the characteristic swollen trunk; that can only be expected from plants grown from seeds or hybrids grafted onto the original species.

Various plants can also be ordered online, and if you choose to do so, it’s advisable to inquire about the shipping process. When ordering from an online store, the plants are usually delivered, which is important to ensure their safe arrival and proper care.

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