The Desert Rose is a small succulent tree native to Africa and Arabia which has fleshy leaves and develops a bulbous base. It produces large pink and white or red flowers when it gets enough sunlight.
The Desert Rose is popular as an ornamental plant but not often seen as a bonsai. It is vigorous and healthy under the right conditions and with proper care. The Desert Rose Bonsai adapts easily to growing in a pot, what makes it well suited for bonsai.
Origin: East Africa
Height: 3 ft (90 cm); desert rose bonsai grows to 1 ft (30 cm)
Light: Bright light to direct sunlight.
Water: Aim to keep the medium only lightly moist -- this plant won't tolerate overwatering.
Humidity: Average room humidity (around 40% relative humidity).
Temperature: Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C. If you put your plant outdoors for the summer, don't worry -- it can take the heat. Bring it back indoors when nighttime temperatures drop in autumn; it will tolerate a low of 50°F/10°C.
Soil: Fast-draining mix, such as cactus potting mix. Or mix equal parts peat moss and sharp sand.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.