A true beauty in the cactus world, the desert rose, or Adenium obesum seeds, is both beautiful and resilient. Because they are so lovely, many people wonder, “How do I grow a desert rose plant from cuttings?” or “Is starting adenium seeds difficult?”. Growing a desert rose plant from seed or from cuttings is not hard at all. It simply requires a basic knowledge. Let’s look at desert rose seed Adenium propagation and cutting propagation of Adenium.
The real trick to desert rose plant seed starting is to make sure that you start out with fresh Adenium seeds. Fresh desert rose plant seed will have a higher germination rate as well as a rapid germination rate. Purchase your seeds from a reputable dealer or find an owner of a few adult plants (they need two plants to produce seeds) that can give your seeds straight from the Adenium plants themselves.
Begin starting adenium seeds by preparing a container which is a well-draining growing medium, like a perlite or sand and soil mix. Place the Adenium seed in the growing medium, just covering them with the growing medium.
Water from below daily and from above once every three days until the seedlings of Adenium appear. Place the seeds growing tray or container on a heating pad and keep the temperature of the growing medium at between 80 and 85 F about 27-29 C.
Your desert rose plant seeds should germinate within a week if the seeds are fresh. If they are not fresh, it may take longer. Once the seedlings Adenium appear, water only from below. In about a month, the seedlings will be large enough to transplant to a permanent container.
If you are starting adenium seeds, you can expect the seedlings to bloom in the same year, which is nice as the flowers are what makes them so lovely.
How to Grow Adenium From Cutting
While desert rose Need propagation is relatively simple, most gardeners have better success with growing a desert rose plant from cuttings. Not only do they start from cuttings easily and quickly, but you will also be able to keep the true nature of hybrid Adenium plants, as hybrids will revert if grown from seed. Therefore, you may be wondering, “How do I grow an Adenium from cuttings?”.
Take a cutting from the tip of a branch of Adenium. Allow the cutting to dry out for a day or two, then wet the end of the desert rose plant cutting and dip it in rooting hormone. Stick the plant cutting into a well-draining growing medium like perlite or sand mixed with soil. Water the cutting daily, making sure the well drains out of the soil. Use a spray bottle while cutting and mist the cutting daily as well. The Adenium cutting should take root in about two to six weeks.
Growing a desert rose plant from seeds or cuttings can be done. With a little patience, you can have your own desert rose plant for your landscape.