Sabi star

The Sabi star - or often called « Desert rose » !
Common name : Sabi star
Scientific name : Adenium obesum
Family : Apocynaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Minimal water
Minimal water
Adenium obesum - Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily or desert rose - is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, native to the Sahel regions and tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa. It is an evergreen or drought-deciduous succulent shrub, up to 1–3 m (3.3–9.8 ft) in height, with pachycaul - this refers to plants with a disproportionately thick trunk for their height, and few branches - stems and a stout, swollen basal caudex. The leaves are spirally arranged, clustered toward the tips of the shoots, simple entire, leathery in texture and flowers are tubular, red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 150 - 200
pH 6 - 8

Plant my sabi star

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my sabi star

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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