Just got an order from snowbelt adeniums and am mostly happy. 2 nice sized arabicum seedlings, 1 white graft and a little dwarf. The dwarf seems mushy and I wrote them about that. Could it be from being dried out during mailing?
The real quesiton I have is about pots. To put them in pots that do not have too much space would mean some fairly small vessels. In TX heat, would they dry out so fast as to kill the small plants during my long, hot and usually dry summers? I have some very small ceramic and plastic pots that I used for small bonsai but worry about the rate of drying when its 103 F.
I am by no means an expert but since these plants come from such a dry arid area the texas heat should feel like home to them. my advice would be to check them daily for water and understand that even though they will dry out quickly it won't kill them to be dry for a period of time. I know of people who don't water them at all during winter and those that do only water once a month or less. they seem delicate but are actually pretty tough plants. just flood them with water until it comes out the bottom let them dry out before you water again and do it the same way. mine are always happier when nearly dry so I wouldn't worry too much about them.
The 103 is fine. Water them very sparingly until they start growing new leaves. They are transpiring very little water now. If they sit in soggy soil, they will rot. Keep a close eye on them, and begin adding some water when they are actively growing stems and leaves. Very little nitrogen, the first number in the fertilizer equation, like 10-10-10. That would actually make the plants all green, and no flowers.
You might need to water them every morning.
Arabicum are usually stubby short little guys, with lots of stems. Hmm. Nice tall guys, they are fun.
As for the soft one, rubbery is thirsty, soft and squishy is rot.
Get to know your plants. Feel the stems occasionally, a tiny squeeze, and see if they'll bend. Best is, not very bendy, and not soft.
They can get sunburnt if you just put them straight out into full sun. Give them one more thirty minutes every day until they are used to full sun.
And, what Michelle said is completely correct! They aren't cactus, they're an odd sort of succulent. Oh, and they do the most growing the first thirty months of their lives, so go ahead and feed them.
Well I pptted them up and waited 24 hours then watered. I am not having great weather to move them outside, its cloudy and threatening rain. I will put them in a shady spot so they can at least enjoy warmer temps and gradually move them into a sunny local. Keeping my fingers crossed.