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Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4515152

Wow, these are absolutely amazing looking plants. I had no idea there were so many different varieties. Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing :)
Plano, TX

February 9, 2008
2:56 PM

Post #4515435

i loved looking at all those photos--thanks for all the time and effort it must have taken to get all those examples for us to see--you must have quite a collection yourself--i found i have one-the ponytail plant--i would love to try one of the bonsai type with the roots twisted above the soil--but then i loved so many --i will be looking for them in nurseries!
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2008
3:07 PM

Post #4515476

Another fascinating photo-essay on a type of plant I knew little about! Thanks, Bob!

I've got some adeniums that I could use a little advice on... I grew them from seed, and they're looking reasonably healthy with fat, firm "trunks" and crowns of 4 to 6 leaves at the tops. But due to some issues over the summer, when they got a little too dry, the foliage is unsightly, with yellow/brown edges. Could I repot them (they're looking pretty cramped in their 2 inch pots) to stimulate new leaf growth and then just strip off the older foliage? If I remove the old leaves now, will they grow new ones as if coming out of dormancy? I sure don't want to kill them, but I'd like them to look a bit better...


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 9, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4515668

You can certainly remove the old leaves without doing damage (be careful if you pull them off not to rip of the branches). These plants LIKE to be crammed into a small pot, but if the pot is starting to split, then it might be a good idea to pot them up
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2008
4:02 PM

Post #4515718

OK... Can I remove old leaves before new ones appear? I think they have gone semi-dormant over the winter, but the old leaves have not actually dropped off...
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

February 9, 2008
9:28 PM

Post #4516859

Fantastic info as always, I had no idea!
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2008
10:26 PM

Post #4517013

BTW, thanks for letting me know the adeniums like to be pot bound... I think I once killed a pony tail palm by up-potting it (but truly, the pot was splitting!).
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #4518036

I love "fat plants", too! I once had a ponytail palm that my mother killed while I was in the army. I was so disappointed!
I didn't know there were so many kinds, either--fascinating article!
New Castle, IN

August 21, 2008
6:08 PM

Post #5447759

I see a few varieties at Walmart and they always put stone around them and it's superglued in there. Are these salvageable?
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2009
6:00 AM

Post #7379146

Geoff, you have outdone yourself, I am trying to figure out which to get myself and I literally copied 70% to evenote to price and read up on Bihrmanns.

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