The plant, commonly known as desert rose, belongs to the family of dog poisonous plants (Apocynaceae), which can be recognized by the poisonous white lactic acid that escapes from wounds on the stem. It is found in dry regions of Arabia and Africa. Adenium grows bushlike, the growing shape reminds of a tree, as the trunk is knobbly thickened. In nature the plants grow quite large, but they grow slowly in cultivation.
The time of blooming is approximately from April to July.
You should choose a sunny location, such as a south window.
A mixture of cactus and succulent soil and mineral parts is recommended for substrate.
As waterlogging is not tolerated, you should ensure proper water drainage and allow the substrate to dry completely before watering again. If in doubt, it is better to water too little.
Fertilization can be done every three weeks with cactus and succulent fertilizer.
In summer you can move the succulents outside, but you should
bring them back indoors at temperatures below 15°C. Before placing
them in direct sunlight, the plant should be slowly acclimatized to
the unfiltered sun.
In winter, Adenium enters the resting period, which means that the plant should be placed in a cooler place and no fertilization should be applied. Watering should be reduced step by step until completely stopped and only increased again when temperatures rise. Maintaining hibernation is important for the next year's blooming.
The white milky liquid that escapes from cuts and wounds in the plant is poisonous.