Plant Care Guide Adenium Obesum

Difficulty Level: Modest

What is the Impala Lily plant?

The Adenium Obesum, also known as the Bangkok Kalachuchi and the Desert Rose, is a flowering shrub succulent that is naturally found in parts of Africa. It is related to the Oleander, and can produce beautiful pink or white blossoms in the summer months.

Much like the animal that shares its name, the Impala Lily’s advantage is its speed, as it grows rapidly when correctly taken care of. It blossoms more gradually, but its elegant flowers are worth the wait!

Light CareLight Care

The Impala-Lily is used to brightly lit environments, so providing it with bright, direct light in your home is ideal.

If you live in an area that’s often warm and sunny, place your plant in a windowsill or somewhere similar, where it can absorb the most direct sunlight possible.

Water CareWater Care

Water your Impala Lily during the growing season, so that the soil is uniformly moist as deep as 1 inch. Since this type of plant is accustomed to drier regions, it does not require much water. Reduce the amount of water that you give your plant during the winter months.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter 1-2 inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

Once a month, provide your Impala Lily with either succulent feed or average houseplant fertilizer. Don’t worry about forgetting to fertilize occasionally; this plant is used to low-nutrition soils, so it does not rely heavily on a rigid feeding schedule.

Staff Holy Grail Pro-Tip:

While generally easy to care for, it is virtually impossible to care for the Desert Rose without fertilizing it. During the growing season, provide your plant with either a soluble fertilizer or organic mineral solution with the same proportions of phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. Nitrogen-heavy fertilizers are good for early growth, but should not be used throughout the growing season.