Desert rose soil: What soil to use for growing adeniums

Growing adeniums desert rose plants verse seeds require different soil. In this article I will discuss growing in containers once the plants are four to five months old with a caudex of ½” of larger.  Once the adenium desert rose seedling gets to a size that allows you to put it in full summer heat and sun light out should replant into a soil mix that is designed fro a more nature plant. Adenium obesum, commonly known as the desert rose, is a flowering succulent native to the soil of sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian peninsula First it must be course soil mix and drain fast!

The general adenium soil mix used in my are consists of perlite, sand, rock, top soil  and coir. Yes, you can use peat moss by remember peat moss retains more water plus moss peat moss is a wetting agent to allow it to re-capture moisture faster. Regular of the shelf cacti soil will work for adeniums but its not the best. If you plan to collect adenium plants, desert roses (common name) than you will want to create your own soil designed for your area. The basic mix is still the same but you may need to add more or less coir for moisture control.

When mixing soil for adeniums desert rose plants non-seedlings, use 65% perlite, 10 coir, 10% sand/rock and 15% organic material such as top soil. Add a bit of fertilizer you are ready to plant adeniums. If you are using store bought cacti add additional perlite and sand/rock to make the mix courser so water drains faster. Most cacti soils purchased in stores to much peat moss for your adeniums. The main problem with growing adeniums is root rot. You want to be able to water which means you need a soil for your desert rose that drain quickly. Once you have the correct soil 97% of all problems with growing desert roses adeniums plants are solved!

12 thoughts on “Desert rose soil: What soil to use for growing adeniums

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  2. Best stuff I’ve found for growing desert roses is $1 kitty litter from the dollar store which has been sifted over a window screen mesh to remove all the fine materials. The resulting material is a very coarse expanded ceramic which will hold some water and fertilizer (unlike perlite) but drains super fast and gives a well aerated media, which is very important for desert roses. And it is cheap!

    • vermiculite is more like a rock and less of a filler use to make space for air flow. Yes you can use more vermiculite or do what we do when planting adeniums – put a small layer of non-porous rocks on top to keep the soil down including the perlite. The purpose of the perlite in the adenium soil mix is to add something that does not adsorb water all all and allows air flow in the soil.

  3. Hello! I was wondering if it’s ok to use kanuma mixed with akadama for my desert rose? I bought one from a retail store but it’s on a plastic pot with potting mix which i need to change…

    • I’m not familiar with Kanuma mixed with akadama. I did a quick search and akadama is soil but really does not describe what’s in it. Kanuma is an azalea soil which is 100% wrong foe adeniums desert rose plants. Retains too much water!

      • Akadama is a granular clay-like mineral that its usually used for bonsai soil. Really??? I was planning on using akadama since it improves drainage by alot plus a little bit of kanuma to add a little moisture too the soil and make it more acidic.

  4. Hi, I want to repot my desert rose since the pot it’s in got broken and im thinking of using this mix: 70% vermiculite, 20% coir and 10% rocks, would it be good for my desert rose? since i live on a desert type climate…

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