How to Care for and Grow a Desert Rose

Pink Desert Rose After purchasing a small tube stock Desert Rose yesterday, I put in a bit of research to find out the best conditions for them to grow and how to care from them.

A search found that there is a lot of snippets of information about growing Desert Roses, but nothing complete. Here goes to put it all together for you.

The Desert Rose is a native of East Africa and is a member of the Apocynacae family. Even though it is native to Africa it grows well in tropical an d sub tropical areas without too much special care, although if you have frosts you will need to bring the plant indoors over winter.

Leaves are fleshy and succulent and the flowers are 5 to 7cm trumpet shaped and will flower from late winter to early summer.

Plant your desert rose in a 50/50 mix of sharp sand and cactus potting soil, they love to have free draining soil as to prevent root rot. Mix in some slow release fertiliser to stimulate growth, in the first three years a soluble fertiliser can be added to increase the growth rate of the plants, after three years the soluble food does not have a huge effect.

Water your plant regularly as it is not a cactus, the best way to tell if it needs water is to check the top of the soil, if it’s dry you need to water.

Desert Rose needs plenty of light, full sun is great to ensure that you get the best blooms. Keep your plant above 12 degrees celsius.

WARNING: The flowers and sap of this plant are poisonous! Do not ingest anything from this plant, wash your hands thoroughly after handling the plant.

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91 thoughts on “How to Care for and Grow a Desert Rose”

  1. hi i am the proud owner of the desert rose but i want to know what their seeds look like mine has flowers on and a funny looking horn thing coming from the stem. can you tell me what they are

  2. I live in victoria australia and I have a dsert rose , this is my second one as i did not know how to care for the first, this one I am keeping inside, as yet it has no flowers. but I have found a lot of imformation on them through your site. I have it inside in full sun. How long do they take to grow and flower ?

  3. hey to all … i live in melbourne and plan to try growing quit a few of these desert roses as they are an excellent looking plant requiring minimal water and astounding flowers in a vast array of colour and also some difference in shape!… there was a site that i will repost here that show’s quite a few of the different forms of this tropical like flower and remember seeing the thorned version you were talking of philomene bell ! (actually there were two i clearly remember seeing).. these plants are related to the frangapanni which needless to say has a beautifull and arromatic flower!

  4. my leaves are falling off my desert rose i bought 2 wks ago. it was in the cool living room and i have moved it to my den where it is warmer and more light. doesn’t seem dry but i was told not to over water it. what do i do? it is the prettiest plant i have ever seen in my life. help me! debi

  5. I have three Desert Roses. All three have become “leggy” and ordinarily, I would be pruning quite a bit. I am hesitant to prune these Desert Roses. What should I do? Thank you.

  6. No answer on your “leggy” rose, however I have the same issue with a rather healthy desert rose with a large root base. Its just gangly and leggy and I’d like to trim back to enable it to bush out. Will I ruin it? It has bloomed with the last year so I guess its happy. Thanks for any help.

  7. Hi there I just purchased two these beautiful plants the Desert Rose. And I came across your site because I was searching how to take care of these beauties. And after reading thru your site I found it most interesting.

  8. I have two desert rose plants about 10 inches tall. There are roots growing out of the sides of the above ground bulb. Should I trim them off ??

  9. I am getting buds on the desert rose plants but they are turning black and dying rather than flowering. What is the solution? Thanks.

  10. I have the desert rose seed. I am interested in learning how to grow plant from the seed and how to propergate. Thank you.

  11. Hi all, I have had my Desert rose for several years. I live outside of Houston Texas, and my plant has been thru alot. It even frooze this past winter. I thought all was lost, yesterday I noticed some new leaves. It made it through another one of my blunders. It it an amazing plant. I am now attempting to learn as much as I can about the plant. Anything that can stay with me this long deserves to be well cared for.

  12. I have grown desert roses that do well and some that have a great trunk but are not doing that good these plants were put out by my wife who passed away and I’m trying to keep them going I live in south Fl.

  13. I need to know if you are suppose to cut it back, or will it hurt it to cut it back, mine lost most of it’s leaves in the winter they are coming back and it looks a little leggy so I was wandering if I was suppose to cut it back

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  15. My desert rose bloomed for a couple of years and now it doesn’t bloom at all. Any ideas why it may have stopped blooming?

  16. I have about 15 desert rose plants in my back yard, sometimes I get these little orange catapilla’s that eat the green leaves, I get soapy water and spray it on my plants and that seems to help they fall off and don’t come back for a few months but I have to always check. Now I have noticed that all of the plants are getting spotted brown spots on them and the leaves are all turning brown I cannot see what is causeing this . I also have planted about 30 seed’s of desert roses and they are about 1/2 in now I don’t want anything to happen to them , they are in a covered area. Can you please help me with my problem . I love this plant thank you very much.
    can you please send your answer to personally again thank you.

  17. I have had my desert rose for almost 2 yrs and is doesn’t bloom. What brand of fertilizer do I use/ Do I have to prune it?? I would appreciate any info on the dessert rose.
    Thank you

  18. Our desert rose plant produced the straw-like seeds. There are a bunch . Should we keep and plant in the spring–or plant now.Plant each “seed” separetly or all together? Please tell me how long it will take to sprout

  19. I have a beautiful Adenium (desert Rose) as I live in Boynton Beach ,FL. I am having some good luck with my plant. However I want to know how to care for it so that it continues to flower. It doses flower year round and I would like to keep it doing so. Our area is sandy and I have heard to use 2 parts bonsai soil and 2 part peat and 1 part sand…but I have it outside my patio and it is in the raining season. I do not want it to rot …what can i do to keep it from rotting? Also how do I care for this lovely plant?

  20. This is great information! My desert Rose does not look very happy and the leaves keep turning yellow and falling off! I think it’s probably the soil it’s in.

  21. What is a good solution to spray on my Desert Rose I love it and I just got another one which makes three, and they are getting a white scale on them and turning yellow.

    Help me please Thanks you.

  22. We have had a pink Dessert Rose (our first one) for about six months, we have planted it in the garden where it gets full sun, its about a foot tall, we have had several blossoms coming and going, but we feel it might be stressing as there are very few leaves, could you tell us if at this time of the year and in Brisbane Australia is this normal? also where will we be able to buy some seeds?

  23. I bring my desert rose indoors before frost. Every year it loses it’s leaves and then regrows them in the spring. Is it normal for them to loose their leaves?

  24. Seems like everyone has questions and no one has answers. We are raising the Desert Rose from seeds and also have about a dozen plants from one year to three years. We are using the seed planting kit with pellets from Wal Mart. Buying seeds from Thailand through ebay. We trim the older plants and plant the cuttings with root tone. Two grew last year with no special care. We are planting 15-20 cuttings this year. One thing it seems certain. They are desert plants and they like plenty of sun and don’t like to be overwatered. We are still learning.

  25. Hey Kaytee. The seeds will come out as a pod. From what I read, takes a two year or older plant. I have one two years old. No seeds yet. We plan to raise from seeds. Bought from ebay. Coming from Thailand but only received seeds from Canada so far. I purchased a growing system from Wal Mart. Has a heating pad. Soak pellets and place seeds lengthwise ( the seeds look like a piece of straw. I planted a month ago and have 18 out of 20. Most have up to four leaves. I read you can transplant when they get about six leaves. I have another 14 that I planted a week ago. Twelve are up about an inch in one week. We got pots from the Dollar Store. KEEP well drained. We live in Florida with a south facing sun room. We plan to keep the small plants in the sun room and now that winter is over with we will put the larger, over one year, plants outside. Have fun!!!

  26. I have the same question as kaytee on 3/2/10 – where are the answers to all the questions? I would like the the answers to the pruning questions

  27. I read your info on desert roses and it was interesting but incomplee. I would like to know the answers to all those questions that have been asked. I am in Houston Texas and cant even find a place to buy one. I am going to though and would like to know more about it. Should they be kept inside or put out in the sun? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks

  28. I have just purchased 2 desert roses and am looking forward to watching them. But i am wondering they have what looks like some branches coming out of the sides. Do you just leave them or what?I don’t want to harm them in any way. I live in Ohio so I think that I sould keep them in the house. wrong e-mail at top thanks

  29. the long thing growing out of the stem is indeed the seed pud. desert rose grows best from seeds than from cuttings. you can wet plant every other day.

  30. I have 2 desert roses, one has big leaves and the other has small ones. what is the difference? I noticed this morning that the larger leaf one, most of the leaves turned yellow and at a touch they fall off. What did I do wrong?

  31. i have a lot of different desert roses. from red to red and black , to yellow flowers. i use miracle grow, straight and nothing else. i use the jiffy plugs to start them off and later i found i just have to put them in soil. also u can grow the seeds in soil , in a row of about an inch apart.
    i use fox farm liquid bloom and growth at firat and then when i start to see blooming starting, i add tiger bloom
    i hope thise will help y’all,, as to cut ting them back , i don’t know ,never done it. i wondering myself about that cause my plants r getting tall and top heavey.
    a desert rose grower

  32. I also have my desert rose with the seed pods, but I was reading many comments, but cannot find the answer. When these seed pods are ready to be transplanted? I just cut them out of the plant once they come out and open the pod and plant the seeds? I need more information for this process, please. I will also like to know how to reproduce them for cuts and how to do it.


  33. I have just bought my first desert rose, so I don’t have much experience with them yet. But in my quest to learn the proper care for it I read that they can become leggy when they are not getting enough light, they’ll actually “walk” toward the light. Hope this is helpful! May we all grow beautiful desert roses…

  34. I have a desert rose I read they like to be pot bound to flower more profusely and do better in terracotta pots than plastic. Mine had one big ‘devils horn’ seed pod which when opening i pulled out all the seeds and put into a paper bag to dry out. I have planted half in seed raising pods like cardboard that can be planted again into another pot without disturbing the roots. About half the seed propagated and i now have 9 successful plants in a larger tub and they have about 6 leaves and they are about 3 months old having been planted late Autumn. My mother plant is straggly now, but it is winter and the leaved are parse and spotty, I am hoping that it is just a bit cold now and it will come good in the warmer months

  35. I recently bought a desert rose and i am having thesame problem as someone else who have asked a question here. On my plant some of the leaves turnes yellow and at a touch they fall off. What is actually happening, was it something i might’ve done wrong?

    Is there an answer to that, please?
    Thank you!

  36. i have 40 small plants which i have grown from seed have kept them moist untill now they have six leaves now and looking good at stage should i back off with the watering.thank you

  37. I have the same problems with my desert roses as the people who summited these comments or concerns about their dessert roses but were are the answers we seek? These are real problems with these plants and there is not one answer!

  38. I just bought two pots of desert rose and i aim to take good care of them so i can have them for as long as they live but i need feedback on how to take good care of my desert rose, cause last year i lost mine due to my irresponsibleness, i left them outside and frost got them.

  39. I really appreciate the info just bought one today lookig to try more blooming plants in my collection. Thanks a lot. Kevin incincinnati

  40. hi guys, all your questions here were answered by the owner of this site. desert rose loves to be placed in full sunlight but make sure to water them if you noticed that the soil is too dry or dry. i have a lot of desert rose from Thailand at home (60 desert roses and now they are 142) and whenever i woke up everyday,i can’t help smiling when i see them the first thing in the morning because of their flowers. i have the white and the pink one. it grows well and gives bunches of flowers mostly in tropical areas (SUNNY OR HOT PLACES). mostly, if you are in cold or freezing places or countries it’s quite difficult to see them bloom or see them grow well. but if you experienced to see them bloom once and see that the leaves turns out to be yellowish and starting to fall off, don’t be afraid.because it only means that it will start to have new leaves. but if you’ve been waiting for so long to see it bloom or have leaves in it, start wondering if your place is suitable for the plant to grow.because if it doesn’t acquire much sunlight it needs, i guess it’s like waiting for nothing. take note that even if i live in a tropical country, there are times that my desert roses don’t produce flowers even if i fertilize them.or they have no leaves at all especially when it’s rainy season here in our country.i called them my bald desert roses. what i always do is, i cut the TIP of the trunk when i see that it is dry or rot. and after a few days ,the leaves are coming out again to the place where i cut it. again, no need to worry about everything when taking good care of these lovely plant. all you have to bear in mind that, it’s not about how long the leaves of each plant(its normal), where you planted it (if you planted it in a small pot,it will become dwarf and it will not grow too’s cute. or even you planted it in a big pot, it will grow tall of course and very thick trunk. ) , what is the process you used to reproduce them (i never tried seed planting, because i do the cutting process.never cut on the mother plant. a big no no. when it has A LOT of small thin trunks coming out on the mother trunk or mother plant, then that is the time i cut it even if it has leaves on it.but make sure that its not too small when you cut it. then after that, if you want to put it in a pot or directly to your garden IN FULL SUNLIGHT , dig about half of the height of the plant and plant it there.of course, make sure that you water first the soil you dig before planting the trunk on it.then water it again. on the next day or after 3 0r 5 days you planted it, sometimes some of the trunks you have planted looks like it will not survive because the leaves are falling and the trunk is turning down and its leaves facing down the soil. i experienced that a lot of times but after how many days with full sunlight and water, they survived and it keeps on producing new lovely beautiful flower UNTIL NOW..c”,)
    but take note that it’s like aiming for something you want and do something to have it, and risking the other things or accepting the things that were meant and wasn’t meant for you.
    it was like accepting the plants with their new lives if they survived and don’t be regretful while taking risk to try.

    i hope this helps. it’s 99.9 % to me.because it’s a nice feeling that all of us who loves to take extra care for this plant will all have smiles on our faces everytime we see them.

  41. Having killed my huge plant over this winter in FL I purchased 2 more at the flea market today so was delightedf to read how I need to pot these plants–one redf and the other white with lavender tips.

    thanks so much

  42. Hi all. My desert rose has red flowers that turn black and wilty at the edges even before opening. The rest of the plant looks remarkably healthy. What do do! Has anyone here had or solved this problem?
    Thank you!

  43. i love my desert rose! i live in indiana and have had mine for 3 plus yrs now. the frist year all green no flowers on my porch all summer! WINTER its to the basement. when theres no frost back to the porch now i am getting 4-5 blooming flowres!! every year so far!! in a pot on my porch and well watered!!

  44. I just purchased a desert rose, I live in Maryland where it is humid and right now we r going through a drought . Just curious if I can put the desert rose out side in the real light during the summer, and bring it in when it rains. Just curious if I would b able to do this in the summer, does it like over 8 hours of light direct or not can u please give me some advice. Right now it is it is my front screened in porch getting morning and afternoon light, just wanted to know if I could sit it out side so it is getting surrounding light. Please help me with this question, would love to see it bloom, and also keep it alive, how many times should I fertilize it, can I use the Schultz plus liquid plant food made for cacti and other succulents, jade,aloe Vera etc. Just like I said I just got it and it is in a 7 inch pot, let me know if that is to small also. Just saw pictures of the blooms they r beautiful, just want to keep it alive. Thanks so much cannot wait ti hear from someone.

  45. I just bought a small desert rose plant about 4 days ago. I’m really excited to see it bloom. I hope it is doing okay under my care. Don’t you wish plants can talk?

  46. I was given a desert rose and it has two round bulbs. It is like there are two plants in the pot. Can I seperate them without harming them? Thank you for your help.

  47. I have had a Desert Rose for 5 or 6 years. It is in a large pot outdoors in SW FL and is becoming too big. I know that the nurserys prune them back each year. How do I prune it and when?

  48. Thanks for all the info , it’s been a big help. I purcahsed mine in Arizona about 3 years ago and though I really like its ‘bonsai’ appearance, I have yet to see a flower. Being in NY, it stays in during the winter [a lot of leaf drop] and out for the summer[a lot of new growth]. Is there anything I can do to encourage it to bloom? thanks…be well! K

  49. please help!! i rescued this plant from the side of the road when it fell out of a moving truck!! stayed 3 days in the median of the road before i noticed tons of beautiful pink flowers. i took it home and repotted it and it grew and bloomed beautifully!! we moved about a year ago and it still was doing well, until about two weeks ago. a lot of the leaves fell off and then all the branches started to droop!! they have re-grown clusters of green leaves on them, but everyday the branches are getting closer and closer to the ground. when i touch them, the branches are pliable and tender. i live in sw florida and we have been getting a lot of rain lately. what is happening to my miracle plant?? is this root rot? if so, can i save it and how??? please help, this is my favorite plant and i would be crushed if i lost it!! thank you!!

  50. I have many dessert Rose plants and I find that they love a lot of sun. I live in the tropics so that’s a plus for me as well. Some months ago a friend of mine told me she needed to prune her desert rose tree. I did the pruning, planted and got many pots of lovely desert rose that were so huge and beautiful. For the lady who complain about the drooping and tender desert rose I am no plant expert but do feel that I have a green thumb… seem as if you have a rotten root. I don’t think you’ll be able to save that plant but it’s easy to tell by checking the root to see if rotten. Hope you save your plant.

  51. I have moved in with my Mother to take care of her and have been fixing her yard up as she loves plants. I bought her two desert roses yesterday and wanted to know if I could plant them in the ground, or if they are better off to stay in planters?

  52. I need to trim my desert rose. I also live in S. Fla. I haven’t found any pictures showing the correct angle to trim & something concerning the eye on the stem?? Help please. Thanks.

  53. My dessert rose recently had small orange Caterpillar like insects with little black needles. I sprayed with Seven (also sprayed the dirt) and it kept it free of these bugs for about a month. Now they are back. What can I do about them?…thanks

  54. Laura.. The rose loves sun.. the more the better. It needs the sun to produce lots of flowers. I saved two my brother had in broken pots stuck up under a tree. They had a few leaves and no evidence of flowers I brought them home and acclimated them to full sun.. Gave lots of water (watered every day during the hot period (FL here)) but I made sure not to let them stand in water – that’s a no no. When we had cold weather, I brought them inside. As for the pots, wide rather than deep. If you go with a deep pot, fill the bottom portion with rock for drainage. If they sit in too much wet soil you may have rot. Also, when re-potting — make sure you don’t plant deeper than where it was in the other pot. Mine are full of blooms and one had a seed pod which just split open the other day.. I collected the seeds and I’m going to give growing some from seed a shot. Sounds pretty easy. Also, the rose benefits from pruning if you’ve got some bare branches. You want to prune just after winter before the growing season takes off.
    I just recently started a Hayden Mango from seed, it’s about 1′ tall right now. Last year, I started two scrambled egg trees from seed. One of which is about 6′ tall now.. The other one is behind ’cause my yard people weed whacked it! Had to wait for it to come back – which it did.. It’s about 2-1/2′ tall now. Having trouble with caterpillars eating the new growth right now! ;( Hope this was helpful.

  55. Tina.. I am by no means an expert but I just hate the thought of you losing your plant. You say there is new growth which belies rot.. Unless, since you are having lots of rain – perhaps it’s on the verge. I don’t know.. Here’s what I would do.. since you’ve seen new growth I’d say there’s time to save it.. I would re-pot (check the roots for rot at this time and remove those that are obviously dead) using the preferred medium (cacti potting soil) and make sure to use a well draining pot. They cannot sit in water. The pot should not be a lot deeper than your root system, if it is put lots of rock in the bottom of the pot. Give it lots of sun! Good luck to you.

  56. Philpmene bell .. that thing you are seeing is the seed pod.. Leave it alone, it will become two seed pods-at least that’s what mine did. Wait for it to split open. This will take a month or more – don’t remember how long mine took but it remained unchanged for a while. Then one day, it split open and there were the seeds. They have feathery tails, I guess that’s how mother nature moves them along. At any rate, I collected them and am right now in the process of starting some plants from seed. It sounds pretty easy.. Wish me luck! Good luck to you!

  57. rhonda…. Water!!! Their big, weird looking root ball stores water.. I water mine every day in summer.. Just make sure they are in a well drained pot and that they get plenty of SUN!! Must be brought in when cold! I live in Florida so I brought mine in when the temp was around 40 and put them right back out in the sun during the day..

  58. Lots of people are talking about leaves turning yellow and falling off.. This seams to be something this plant does.. I just flick them off with my finger — new ones will replace it.. And pruning — yes, this plant should be pruned — helps it to fill in. Prune after winter before growing season starts. You can plant the clipping. Just let it dry out a day or two then dip it in root start, plant and water.. sun!
    I don’t know about everyone else but I don’t think this plant will produce many, if any, flowers if it’s not out in the sunshine! For those of you in cold climates, put your potted rose out in the sun whenever possible – full sun, water daily when hot out – must have well drained pot! Don’t allow to sit in water or soggy soil. Bring inside only when cold! Like below 40 – otherwise, leave in the sunshine – they love sun!! Good luck.

  59. As for the seed pods. My understanding is that not every plant does it every year. Be patient, yours will eventually. It starts out as this ball or berry looking thing – this will transform into two 3 – 3 1/2″ long bean pod looking things – don’t bother them, just watch and wait for them to split open and expose the seeds. Now collect your seeds by just picking them out of the remaining bottom part of your pod – not sure where the top of the pod and you’re ready to start some roses from seed! My pod just opened yesterday and I am just today getting ready to give it a try.. It sound pretty easy. Here’s what I’m going to do.. Soak the seeds (just like they came out of the pod) in tepid water for an hour or two. Then sow them on the surface of pre-moistened potting mix (I’m using vermiculite), mist the seeds to settle them into the soil then cover the container with plastic and place in the sunniest window you have. Mist seeds every three days. Should sprout in less than two weeks.. Good luck to you and me 🙂

  60. Joyce Adams.. I believe that is it’s root system.. That’s where your rose stores water! I would not separate them.

  61. Hi there!
    We live in Abu Dhabi /Dubai and we have some desert roses in our garden. Even with 50 degrees C in full sun they love it. But it’s very difficult to water the right way because it seems they do not like the pritty hot tab water in summer and the september with its humidity doesn’t make it easier. Is there anybody with experience in this climate?

  62. I have 2 desert roses. One I purchased a few years ago, and is doing great. The other I purchase a few months ago, and is not doing so well. The tips of the leaves are beginning to turn brown. Can you tell me what can be causing this to happen?

  63. Hi Just wondering if anyone can help me with my desert rose plant. I have one, I have had it for 1.5 years. I had it almost flowering until my husband brought it in the house for me to enjoy its flowers-but then it never did bud and all the leaves fell off. I pruned the plant back and started to get more leaves. I realize that it did not have enough sunlight. I don’t get sunlight in my bathroom but I get direct bright light and it is humid. Would it do well in the bathroom? I just wanted to know if anyone can give me tips on how to get it growing again.
    Thank you kindly,

  64. I’ve been growing 1000s of desert roses from seeds and have about 50 different varieties. Now after two years of growth they are beginning to bloom, and THEY ARE ALL RED (some with Pink as well) and they are not as pictured when I purchased the seeds! What’s happening? I trust the sellers, both of whom are well reviewed (but not on this subject).
    Is it the climate (I’m in Central America), water, soil, liquid fertilizer (Miracle Grow). I sold some to a local nursery (that was my intention with all of them) and they report back (good naturedly) that their’s too are all in “the red” range. This is a disappointing as I meant them for local nurseries to sell. . . but they mimic the only native desert rose here (and the only one available until I thought I could fill this niche) are red. One would have to hold them close together to see a slight difference.

  65. I got my desret rose plant for valentine, it was healthy when i got it,but now the leaves are turning yellow, i am sure that its not getting too much water.I live in Trinidad,and it is hot here Maybe its too little water? i really need to!!!!

  66. I have some mature desert rose plants in SFLORIDA The are getting stringy and I would like to prune them back at the joints…….I think this is the right way but need your confirmation. Thanks for your help Dianne

  67. Hi all,
    I read on a few websites that these plants should not be repotted until Spring even if their roots are bursting out the bottom of the pot. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I bought 3 small desert roses off a neighbour and she recommended I repot them soon since 2 of them have roots coming out the bottoms of the plastic pots but it’s just turned Autumn. I live in a very hot climate where it barely gets to a temperature where jumpers are needed in Winter so they should grow well year round. I don’t want to uproot them at an unopportune time but I also don’t know if they can last another 6 months like that. I’m a new gardener so any advice is welcome.

  68. I am interested in buying a desert rose and wanted to know where to get one. I live in South Florida and have checked at Home Depot and Lowe’s but they are sold out. Thanks for any suggestions.

  69. My potted desert rose is losing its leaves and is not blooming..This just happening. It has grown much in the pot. Is it potbound? Also how many times a week should I water it. I live in the gulf region of Florida. Thanks you

  70. When we moved into s.w. Fla. 1 years ago, a beautiful desert rose was growing in our yard. Yesterday I moved it to another location. When I dug it up,it had 4 or 5 huge bulbs attached. Can I somehow split these bulbs to propagate this hardy plant?

  71. I have a desert rose, which is new to me, I noticed today that I have a mushroom growing in the pot, and several others coming up. What do I need to do? Thanks for all the help.

  72. I live in a Tropical Country where the rose seem to grow and bloom beautifully, got several plants some are in bloom now, have been experimenting with the soil for growing the plants,seem to get it right now.

  73. I’ve had a desert rose for 3 years. I have a new growth I can’t identify. It comes ut where a flower would normally be its a think dark red spike- looking object. Anyone ever see anything like this?

  74. hey,
    i live in Trinidad and i purchase a few desert roses earlier this year, they are growing nicely, i’m starting to see flower buds on one but they’re growing long and flimsy. Can you help me on when, where and how to i prune them? Thank alot

  75. My Desert Rose plant’s trunk has grown very tall with few leaves. Why did it do this, and can I prune to make a shorter trunk without killing it? Thanks!

  76. I have covered my three desert rose plants with black plastic bags to protect them from a possible light freeze, and very cold weather. The weather has stayed below 50 degrees for almost a week. How long can they live without light? Id hate to lose them as they are prolific bloomers about tree yrs old.

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