Adenium Somalense

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Adenium Somalense attracts succulent lovers with its unique features and ability to grow in arid conditions. Although it comes from East Africa, this plant has spread out all around the world thanks to some factors. It’s interesting for me to show you what these factors are and what I know about this plant in this article.

Form and Structure

Adenium Somalense shows a base that stores water and gets bigger over the time. This base helps this succulent live longer in hard conditions such as drought. Not only storing water, it also stores moisture, which can sustain and provide humidity for the plant during dry periods.

The plant produces thick, glossy, and dark green leaves. They are shaped like narrow ovals. The height of Adenium Somalense leaves is not stable, which can be around 6-10 inches (15-25 centimeters). If you provide proper conditions from light, soil, temperatures, etc., the measurement of the leaves can be higher. Moreover, Adenium Somalense leaves can be approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) wide.

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One of the highlights of Adenium Somalense is stunning flowers. This plant blooms with large, trumpet-shaped flowers in various colors, like pink, red, and white. Each flower is about 2.5 to 5 centimeters in diameter. The time for Adenium Somalense blooms is in warmer months, during spring and summer.

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Care and Maintenance

To ensure the healthy growth and longevity of Adenium Somalense, it is essential to provide proper care and attention:

Light: Place your Adenium Somalense in a location with bright, indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours. It can thrive in full sun but not intense midday sun in scorching climates.

Watering: In seasonal months, you should water every 1-2 weeks, depending on your succulent condition. In dormant seasons, you should reduce the watering frequency to once a month or even less. Check your soil if it is dry or not before watering to help you avoid overwatering.

Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix to ensure adequate drainage and prevent overwatering. If you just have regular soil, mix it with perlite or sand to improve nutrition.

Temperature: Adenium Somalense prefers warm temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C (approximately 70°F – 90°F). Please protect it from cold weather because it is sensitive to low temperatures.

Fertilization: Feed it with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best result.

Pruning: Prune maintains the shape and promotes bushier growth. Be cautious of the plant’s toxic sap and take appropriate safety measures.

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You can make more of this succulent through the cuttings method. You can take a details look at this method here. Additionally, make sure to use garden tools, hand gloves or not contact Adenium Somalense directly because of its toxicity. After, you follow all the care guide tips above to make your Adenium shine in your garden.

A commonly asked question about Adenium Somalense

A thread from u/DubyOrwell: “Treated the mealy bugs with alcohol and dish soap. Concerned about the black nubs where leaves were. I appreciate a thicker caudex but I’m not interested in root training. Would like to repot as soon as possible. Hoping for a healthy natural Adenium. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!”

Answer: Maybe your succulent reacted with these chemicals. You also need to watch the amount of alcohol and dish soap you apply to this succulent. You can refer to how to treat mealybug in detail on Succulent City. I think you should remove the black nubs by pruning or trimming, and then you should repot it. Another factor that can cause your Adenium to not get full recovery is the environment around it. Try to replace it in a new location.

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Do you like this plant? Adenium Somalense captivates with its exotic charm and ability to thrive in arid environments. There are more Adenium plants mentioned on the Succulent City blog. See some suggestions below: 

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