My Favorite Desert Rose Flower

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)September 19, 2012

This plant's flowers are beautiful and they don't fade for days on end. She is a beauty! Hope you like her, too.

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karyn1(7a)

What a nice deep red color and I like the contrasting white throat.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 8:22PM
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summersunlight(5b)

Very pretty! Was this a random seedling from a pink adenium or did you intentionally breed for red flowers?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 8:34PM
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averil(8b)

absolutely gorjusssssss!!!!!!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 7:35AM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

Thank you! I can't take credit for this one. I bought it at a plant show. From what the vendor said she was a grafted plant.

Here is a picture of the entire plant. She doesn't look so good right now because she was attacked by about 25 oleander caterpillars and they did quite a bit of damage before I noticed and was able to intervene to save some of her leaves. They can eat every leaf on a plant like this in about a day if you don't notice them.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:44AM
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ltran54(9)

Very pretty indeed. The white throat makes her look even more beautiful. Congrats to you Yumtomatoes.

Marie

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 9:02AM
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sbrow156(Cairns QLD Australia)

WOW! now thats what i call RED! :D beautiful flowers on a beautiful plant...u lucky duck u ...was it expensive from the plant show?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 8:07PM
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irun5k

Really nice, def. a "true red" vs. pink that looks red.

I have noticed that the little crawly things love these plants for some reason. A couple of times every year I notice that a team of tiny little crawling things are after mine. Usually, they are yellow. I don't know what they are- have never bothered to find out, but I know how they die... suffocation in insecticidal soap.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 12:54PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

Thanks!

sbrow - down here they sell the seedlings for $15 and the grafted plants for $25 typically when they are small plants. Larger plants cost more. I can buy the smaller plants since in this climate they grow fast.

irun5k - the oleander caterpillars are orange and have black hairs sticking out of them. Very characteristic. See the link. When they are younger, they don't have the black hairs but they are definitely orange.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 1:13PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

Link below shows you the polka-dotted moth that lays the eggs that hatch the caterpillars who eat my desert roses!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 1:15PM
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