Monday, April 24, 2017

OMG How I Killed a Rhizome! Desert Rose Thailand Plant of Prosperity Adenium Obesum Tips for flowering Desert rose

The Adenium plant , Prosperity plant of Thailand, Adenium Obesum, is for life long and grows for many many years and this is one of the important reasons it has been called the good luck plant or the plant of prosperity, was all I thought! The plant has its life, if not handled(watered)  properly or maybe also climatic conditions and seasons , environment are to blame...we lost our precious one , many years old...so yes, it does die...but we have its baby happily growing. Collecting seeds is thus really important to keep the clan going ahead. I killed a rhizome! strange, they never die and are the most forgiving plants, yet with age and improper draining there was root rot which I did not notice soon, and then it was too late...yet I also realized the plant had lived its life and wanted to give up, because those who want to live, some of my plants have survived the most harshest and most dangerous conditions and  pests and are still with me! flowering!
Baby Adenium Fluorescent Pink Blooms

Happy baby Adenium with fresh flowers
About this beautiful plant! - Adenium, The plant grows from thick rhizome that looks like a tree trunk. The branches grow as usual and the whole prosperity adenium plant looks like a tree. Hence it is considered very lucky and attracts good luck since it looks like a old tree which has been there for ages. It has history in the Tibet origin and here this plant is grown in every home as the people here believe this Adenium plant is auspicious and brings good luck, wealth and prosperity for the family.
Precious Baby soft Pink Adenium Flower

The Adenium plant produces seed pods that have rice like seeds which are very tiny and delicate and need care to be grown. You can grow the plant with seeds, cuttings of the plant as well as rhizome of the plant. Requirements in form of sunlight and water are not so important but the plant does require some amount of daily sunlight to keep producing flowers. 
Thailand Goodluck Plant Adenium plant in a Plant Exhibition.

The adenium plant grows huge and the rhizome can even outgrow the size of the container , but the roots are few and the rhizome keeps increasing in size with less spread of roots. It may look almost like a plant bulb and this may be visible from above the soil layer over your plant container. If you grow the adenium in a big container the plant can reach high and spread over a large span of distance, like a majestic tree. 

Tips for flowering in Adenium Desert Rose - one important tip is to let the plant be. This plant does not require any special care and over watering and care will harm its growth. But do water regularly and though your nursery fellow will sell this adenium plant as indoor plant if you wish to see flowers allow it to get some amount of sunlight daily as this is a flowering plant and all flowering plants require full sunlight for many hours. For a feng shui garden this plant will be best grown in the north or north west to activate the area of helpful people in your life. But if this area does not receive any sunlight then you can place the plant in any direction or place where it grows healthily. As I always do, rotating plants till the best spot is found, I had my adenium plant shifted in all places to find the best growing spot in our garden and now the plant is happy and also giving good blooms.
Another important point to mention about adenium plant is that the plant may not produce many leaves. Do not get the misconception that the plant is dried and dying. Mine was almost like a stub of barren rhizome remaining and then fresh leaves came up as I continued watering. Many people also end up throwing away this beautiful plant and declare it dead! 
Adenium Obesum flowers
The plant has a lot of stored energy in its rhizome and sometimes the adenium plant goes in dormant stage after producing flowers many times. Let the plant be and continue regular watering during this phase. Sometimes the plant may also go all barren without any leaves and this is not a case for worry. After the dormant stage passes the plant will soon produce new leaves and flowers. Usually this stage comes after the adenium plant has given plenty of flowers and seed pods. So the energy of the plant has to be conserved after this process and hence the plant goes in dormant state.

Pink large sized flowers of Adenium plant

Found an old photo of my garden, so sweet memories of my roses

 We usually plant it in larger pots and this does not do justice to the beauty of this majestic plant. The Adenium plant is in fact a bonsai plant that can grow in very small containers and do not require much care and watering. They can also be grown indoors near a window that gets few hours of indirect sunlight. Great also for offices to bring in colour, joy and of course Awesum Feng Shui prosperity luck! This Adenium plant is becoming more and more popular nowadays as the plant has very showy flowers that look exactly like silk flowers. The flowers are pink or white and pink shading in colour, maroon, red, orangy pink, absolutely stunning colored hybrid Adeniums are available. . We have the deep pink flowering adenium and I think the depth of flower colour also depends upon the amount of sunlight the plant receives. 
This beautiful plant will find a special place in your heart not only for its showy and attractive flowers but also for its symbolic auspiciousness as prosperity plant. Meanwhile the bay has given its first in life blooms and so that much for love and connecting link remains with the parent plant! 
Meanwhile thinking of a major change of place, time may come to shift to a larger place without a terrace garden...but there is excitement of beginning a fresh garden , yup! I will continue to grow plants in whatever space I get!more creative ideas will surely come up with gardening!
so it is true, however much you are experienced with gardening and love these precious ones, there are some deaths...and we plant new ones , for an ever green , ever happy garden!
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