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Desert Rose

Post  Eastern Bonsai on Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:58 pm

I recently picked up a Desert Rose at a local nursery, I was taken by the large trunk , and good taper. I was wondering if anyone has a good example of Desert Rose in the Bonsai form and any tips on care. Can this be defoliated. Any info. would be much appreciated. Will post a picture later this evening.
Thanks
Abe
(Here is my Desert Rose Bonsai . The only thing I have done is put it in a Japanese bonsai pot and take off dead leaves. )


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Re: Desert Rose

Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:00 pm

Desert Rose to me is a rock. Sorry, but I need the Linnean (Latin) name.

Ah, a quick Google fixed that. Adenium obesum, a succulent. Sorry I can't help but I do know that a few others have posted on these before. Iris?

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Desert Rose

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:07 am

Now how did you know I was going to take a peek at this thread? Razz
Actually, I've never grown desert rose. It makes a nice houseplant, but the proportions make it doubtful as bonsai material to me. Some people grow it as a quasi-bonsai, and you can Google it up a storm. It belongs to the Apocynaceae, same family as Oleander, & it is said to be very poisonous.
The Great Petaluma Desert is a big succulent nursery. They have a succulent bonsai forum on their web site. Wait a second & I will see if I can find the URL.
Here it is: http://www.gpdesert.com/
There is a link on the home page to their discussion groups.
The only succulent bonsai I have is Jabily, Operculicarya decaryi.
Iris
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Yesterday, Bill Valavanis told me desert rose is widely grown as a bonsai in Bali, where they do carving on it. When he was there, they had a huge exhibit of just this species.
There is a book by Gordon Rowley, Pachycaul & Caudiciform Succulents, with a chapter on succulent bonsai.
Have fun,
Iris


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Re: Desert Rose

Post  jrodriguez on Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:16 pm

Hello,

Desert Rose is not properly considered as bonsai. In the 9th Asia Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki exhibition in Bali, while participating both as a judge and demonstrator, I had the opportunity of seeing the separate adenium exhibit. The Indonesian bonsai growers do not consider adenium as bonsai, but they do cultivate it as a beautiful plant. Most of the best adenium cultivar come from Thailand, where proffesional cultivators develop a wide variety of flower colors. In Bali Indonesia, the most popular adenium cultivator is I Gede Merta. Mr. Merta has published two books on the subject.

Kind regards,
Jose Luis

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Re: Desert Rose

Post  Rick Moquin on Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:24 pm

http://www.tropicanursery.com/adenium/species.htm everything yoy want to know about Adenium Obessum but were affraid to ask. They are fun to play with (from experience) but as others have chimed in are not bonsaiable perse.

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