This is the first year I wasn't hit with bugs during the winter and my adeniums seem to be very happy about it. I have never had this many blooms this early. This is Trivius which is a big bloomer in the summer.
I checked the leaves and it looks ok but thank you in case I had missed something. These leaves are not the best looking as they are from last year. I expect them to fall off and new ones to grow when I put it outside.
Mine is blooming a second time in a month! And my newer ones are gearing up for blooming too. The newer ones are a surprize since I didn't purchase them with blooms. Looks like they will be red, but until they open, you never know! :)
My variegated one hasn't bloomed yet. So that's the suspense to date!
I have neglected mine terribly. Cooler temps and more rain and they are not happy! I started repotting today but only got the largest one done. Hopefully heat and lower humidity will return. Sally where do you buy the hybrids from? I want a few named varieties but can't seem to find a good place to order from. Those pics are all so pretty.
Ive lost 4 this winter, 2 gifted, 1 bought and 1 seedling.
Brads buds n blooms has excellent quality caudexes and grafts on all their adeniums
I recommend buying the largest ones available because they have a better chance of making the long run.
Plus when it leaves up and blooms youll be glad you got the big one ;)
My plant is a long ways from blooming... just now making its very first leaves of the new year. Nice branching, now that I look at it from above. And a pretty serious subterranean caudex to raise up one day. My plan is to wait until it leafs out for real and then repot it back into soil. I don't know what's up with the semi-hydro here, but we're a month from summer and the plant is still more bud than leaf. Seems wrong to me.
They grow adeniums and ponytail palms in quantity here in Mexico because they are universally loved plants in gardens. It's fun to be able to choose a plant out of a large batch of seedlings. Who doesn't like that?
Baja, I have a couple of adeniums that I planted in s-h last fall also. Mine are outside on my south porch. They are slower to leaf out in s-h also, so you are not alone in that. I have a few buds coming on one of the plants and I've been watering them with high bloom plant food each day. The s-h dries out quickly here with the heat and low humidity. I am figuring I'm not over watering because of the s-h. The picture is of the one that is not budded.
Edited to say: I just read on another thread that they do not like being repotted so maybe that also has something to do with why they are slower also.
Hi Nancy, The adeniums may still be adjusting to the s/h. In the summer I will hose them down sometimes every day with all of my plants. Mine stayed leafed out during the winter and they have been giving me sporadic blooms. I never get a lot of blooms this early in the season but maybe that is just me. You sure don't have to worry about overwatering them in the summer.
I think it depends on when they've bloomed, or if they are just getting ready to. If they have just bloomed, and the plant is "quieting down" with some leaves yellowing and falling off, I don't think it would jurt to trim/prune. If its ramping up to bloom and you cut it back, the plant (and eventually you) may not be so happy... Anyone else have this same experience?
I tend to be aggressive with pruning. My friends tend to be the opposite. The sight of a leggy plant makes me nauseous. This may sound mean, but I'd rather risk the plant dying than have it be an eyesore :(
I do not think it is too late Nancy. They will just take a little longer to bloom but they will come back stronger than ever. I like the more compact look. I am like fatcaudex, I am pretty aggressive in cutting mine back. It is scary to do but they will be fine.
Well, I did it. I cut all the stems on the Adenium obesum back by over half. I agree with fatcaudex and Sally. To me it looks better already.
On my Adenium somalense I have left it alone because it is just starting to flower and, like fatcaudex says, the plant wouldn't be happy and neither would I.
I am glad to report that one of my adeniums has bloomed. It looks white but is has just a very faint tingle of pink around the edge.
I also spotted another bloom on another adenium but its not obesum. I will post that picture next.
I went to Walmart the other day and looked at some adeniums that they were selling as bonsai. On another thread in the Florida gardening someone had mentioned buying one and that the rocks on top had been set in resin or something. So I rescued one that look bad with no leaves. The store gave that one to me for $1. I bought another for the original $11. LOL Now I have 4 separate plants. the one that had no leaves is already starting to put out new ones. I have no idea what color they will be but I love them and I lost the 2 I had over the winter. They had other desert roses for sale but the bottom of the plant wasn't fat. Look like a branch cut off and stuck in the dirt. looked weird to me
I think some can be tempermental, as I have 9 in full sun most of the day and they love it, then I have 5 under the butterfly bush to shade them as they do not like the sun and I almost lost them but since I put them there they are doing fine.
I noticed the Adenium in s/h slurps way more water this time of year. The reservoir goes empty much faster. Most of the year it's much more than a week before that starts to happen, but I've had to step up the attention because now it's every 4-5 days.
A month or two ago I repotted the plant and lifted it an inch or two. The plant seems to have appreciated the attention.
Mine bloomed will earlier in the summer but with the terrific Georgia heat wave we have having, my ademiums have stopped blooming. :-(
I have stopped fertilizing them for now. If they have another bloom time I will give them some more food.
Malestrom, I like your flowers, particularily the pointy petaled one.
Baja, I'm using the Dyna-Gro also. I'm not sure if mine is a species or hybrid but it has not bloomed yet.
Cheryl, I fertilize all summer long and my adeniums are nice and green, but no flowers.
Malestrom, I love your pointy one too!
My adeniums have been dropping leaves so I increased their water. I still have a couple blooming so I guess they aren't terribly heat stressed. Most of mine are species which have a short bloom period anyway. I definately need to mail order some grafted hybrids for more blooms next spring. This plant lost a lot of leaves over the last couple weeks but seems to keep making nice replacements.
I talked to JT and he sent me this information.
She is right.I only sell species.To get varieties she would need to order from one of the overseas companies or perhaps she could get into the co-op that is going on now at Allthingsplants
hope this helps
You need to be aware that when you buy seeds they do not always come true to the parent so do not pay high price for seeds that a seller tells you will be a certain color, most of the time they will be the common PINK.
Oh I don't know whether I could trust myself with seeds yet. Are they that easy to start and keep alive? I'd surely have to do something like that in the spring which will give me something to obsess about during winter LOL
When you do decide to try seeds they are very easy just be sure to soak them for a couple of hours befor planting, after soaking slip the cover off, it comes off easily, lay the seed on top of the dirt then just barely cover them with soil, they should sprout in about a week, some are slower so just give them time.
Mr. Kohs reputation is unblemished.
I know many people who deal with him in whosale and they never have problems that go unresolved.
Mr. Koh has been around for a loooong time.
If you order out of the country I have 2 pieces of advice
1- request he send them to Fla not Ca. CAlifornias customs lets things rot for fun.
Florida checks them and passes them through
2- for the price of the certificate and shipping, max out your order. you can resell whatever you dont want to keep at a profit.
Mr. Koh, Kukiat and Barry Ng are the only 3 vendors I deal with in that region
Never a problem yet.
good luck ;)
Hi Nancy: I checked and although the site is still up, you'll notice there are no new products for September. If you check our own Garden Watchdog, you'll see a fairly positive period followed by a rash of some apparent issues with operations. Also you'll see a note from Buried Treasures stating they were going out of business as of January 2011.
I was sorry to hear of Chris' passing, too. Now, I am trying to find out WHY he died at such a young age, but no one knows or is willing to say why. He was a member and posted here often - seemed to be a really friendly guy!