How to Grow Adenium From Cuttings

Adenium is a genus of flowering plants that originate from Africa. This genus contains approximately five species, although the genus name typically refers to Adenium obesum unless otherwise specified. This plant is a small succulent shrub that produces red and white flowers up to 2 inches in diameter. Adenium can grow outside in warm climates; it's also a houseplant in colder climates. Cuttings are the most common method of propagating Adenium.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening trowel

  • Planting pot

  • Perlite

  • Sand

  • Peat moss

  • Liquid fertilizer

  • Slow-release fertilizer

Step 1

Obtain an Adenium cutting from a nursery. The nursery typically takes a 5-inch cutting from the end of a living stem and dips the cut end in a rooting hormone.

Step 2

Fill a medium-size planting pot with a mixture of two parts sand, two parts peat moss and one part Perlite. Place the cut end of the Adenium cutting about 2 inches deep in the soil medium. Water the cutting immediately.

Step 3

Water the Adenium cutting every three days. The cutting should take root in two to six weeks. Apply a liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Add a slow-release fertilizer in early summer and early fall. Adenium should achieve its adult size within three years.

Step 4

Keep Adenium outside in full sun when the temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Move the plant to a southern windowsill in cooler weather. Adenium can be killed by prolonged temperatures of 35 degrees or colder.

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