How to grow Desert Rose Succulent Bonsai from Seeds

The first time I saw a Desert Rose I fell in love.

Native to Africa and the Arabic Peninsula, this beautiful plant stores water in its thick succulent branches. 

Growing your own from seeds is such a rewarding experience!

You will need well draining soil, such as cactus soil, or you can make your own by mixing equal parts potting mix and sand. 

Make sure your seed starting container has drainage wholes. If not, you can make your own holes by poking a nail or a large needle into each compartment. 

If using a starting tray, place one seed per compartment. If using a larger container, spread the seeds evenly throughout. 

The soil has to be wet , but well drained. Sprinkle the seeds with soil, just enough to cover them. The seeds should not be buried deep. 

The soil has to be maintained most by either using a humidity dome or by spraying the top with water every other day. Check to see if the soil feels moist to the touch.  

During germination, the seeds should be kept at a temperature between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. (27 to 29 degrees Celsius). 

Once the seeds germinate, you can reduce watering, and remove the humidity dome. When they grow big enough to transplant, keep in mind they prefer ceramic containers, as it allows excess moisture to evaporate from the soil.

Place container in full sun, your Desert Rose plant needs at lease 8 hours of light per day. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. 

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