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
- Peat moss
- Liquid fertilizer
- Slow-release fertilizer
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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.
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.
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.
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.