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Repotting desert rose - so it thrives well in the new pot

Desert roses grow slowly, but they still have to be repotted. But when, how and how often? You can find out all of this here.

Desert roses do not have to be repotted often. Sooner or later, even the slow-growing desert rose (Adenium obesum) will be too tight in the tub and you will have to repot the magnificent plant.

But how often does it make sense to change your home? When is the best time for it? And how exactly does repotting work? These are all easy questions to answer.

How often to repot

The slow growth of the desert rose makes annual repotting unnecessary. Wait until the soil is more or less fully rooted. The new container should then be a quarter larger than the bucket used previously. After repotting, you can wait an average of three years until the next plant-based apartment change is due.

When to repot

Repot your desert rose in the spring before budding begins. Also make sure that the plant has stored enough water. The reason: if the roots are injured when repotting, the desert rose should not be watered for about a week afterwards. You can recognize the filled water reservoir by the consistency of the caudex (thickened root base). If the caudex feels firm and firm, it is full and that means: green light for repotting.

How to repot

❶ Grasp the desert rose on the caudex and pull the plant vertically out of the tub. This can take a bit of force if the roots are already exerting strong pressure on the walls of the planter.

❷ Now shake and rub the adhering substrate off the roots and check whether there are any rotting areas. You can remove these with a sharp, previously disinfected knife.

❸ Next, put a three centimeter drainage layer in the bucket. You can use pumice, potsherds, lava granules or volcanic glass such as perlite.

❹ Mix excess material with ordinary garden soil and have the right substrate for the desert rose ready.

❺ Now pour a little of this mixture into the bucket and place the desert rose on it. The roots should not protrude over the edge of the vessel, but should sit a little lower. Spread the substrate around the root ball and the job is done.

You can find out how to plant a completely new desert rose in our article Planting desert rose: An overview of the optimal conditions for the exotic plant.

If you have white pearlite or white gravel left over, put this rest as a decorative layer on the substrate. The color contrast with the pink flowers of the desert rose will inspire you.