Plant Inpiration : Crimson Star

Nov 15, 2013

Adenium obesum ‘Crimson Star’

Sun: This plant does well in bright sunlight. It can also be put in shade, but may become spindly. Although, if you live in a hot desert climate part shade in the afternoon is suggested.

Zone: Crimson Star does best in zones 11 through 12, and will need to be brought indoors when temperatures start dropping in the fall (usually any temps below 50 degrees F).

Soil: As always, a well-drained potting soil will do this plant best! A pH level between 6.6 and 7.8 would be beneficial.

Water: This plant is considered a succulent and does well in desert situations by storing water to use during droughts. When watering, be sure to give the plant a good well soaking, although do not leave sitting in water. Be sure the soil and container have had time to dry out before the next watering. If you can feel moisture within the first 2 inches of the soil, then it does not water. When dry to touch in those 2 inches, proceed to water.

Habitat: A succulent originating from Africa and resembles an Oleander. Their leaves are deciduous and they are a tender perennial or succulent depending on the zone grown in. They are great for containers and in most zones can go outside during hot summers, but must be brought indoors when it starts to cool. The flowers have 5 petals resembling a star and can grow up to 5” across.

Tip: Pruning will benefit this plant by making it more bushier and fuller looking. This should be done once a year, and usually sometime in the early fall or even in late winter. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested, so be careful of children and pets.

Category: Thriller – Used as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.

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