I have a desert rose in a bonsai pot in the best window in the house. I'm very good with plants, but cannot figure out the best watering approach for this plant. It puts off leaves, but the tips eventually turn brown. I water it sparingly about every three weeks. I watered it more frequently at first, but it nearly died. Is the best approach trial-and-error until I find the right schedule?
The problem might not be so much the watering, but the soil. If it is in normal potting soil, the soil may be holding onto too much water.
I would recommend using a cacti & succulent soil mix, or at least mixing in a good amount of sand into the potting soil it has now.
I went away on vacation, only to come home and see many yellow leaves on desert rose and gardenia. Is it from lack of water or not enough fertilizer?
thanks for your help.
Probably lack of water. Don't despair, the plant will leaf out again. Don't over fertilize, these plants are slow growers, and do not appreciate being pushed.
I have 40 desert rose seedlings with six leaves and looking good. I've been keeping them moist but at what stage do I back off with the watering?
You can back off watering now. Once they have 2-3 sets of true leaves, they start to function like the adult plant.
I have desert rose seeds collected from my adult plant. When is the correct time to sow them? I tried as soon as they were collected - end of spring - but did not get any seedlings. I kept some seeds and will try again.
Take a look at this article in this link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/desert-rose/desert-rose-propagation.htm You can certainly start the plants indoors in seed starting flats with a good seed starting mix as well. It is easier to control the temps and maintain the moisture levels that way. Then move the plants outdoors when the weather is right where you are.
I have a potted dessert rose and would like to know how and when to prune it
The best time to prune is early summer, although pruning may be done almost any time. Cut stems that you want to see branch out, at the spot you would like to see the branches. If you want to root the cuttings, they should be 6" or more. Here's more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/desert-rose/desert-rose-propagation.htm
I live in a garden apt and want to know if I can put this plant in a shallow bowl and display it on my small table on the smaller porch area. The interesting root seams to be the focal point. What do I do with it in the winter?
This is how I did it inside
My desert rose has two sprouts coming out of it and they look like green beans. I am wondering if they have seeds in them. It is also blooming for the second time this year on only one branch. I love the delicate flowers that bloom. If the sprouts are seeds, how do I use them?
If the bean-looking things are brownish and hanging from the branches, those would be seed pods. If they're green and growing up from the ground, with little leaves at the end, those would be the germinated seeds. The seeds germinate quite easily, and would make a fun project. This article has some information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/desert-rose/desert-rose-propagation.htm