VERY UGLY - Adenium Obesum - Shame on me!

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Totally neglected this plant while overwintering this year. It has normally been a real attention getter. Still is, but in a whole new way. I've cut away the rotted parts (there was a lot of it) repotted and letting the wounds heal in the morning sun. It's looking pretty good to me... a strict amateur on these, so it may not make it. If it does recover, it will certainly be different. Any suggestions on caring for it would be welcomed. This is my wife's plant. I just bought her a new one at our local Cacti and Succulent Society sale, which is small, but very nice and blooming.

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Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Hello,

Nice job.:-) Has it leafed out yet (after the procedure)?

Best regards,

Martin

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Hi Martin,

Thanks for the nice comment. The "surgery" was performed about 10 days ago. I left it to dry for a couple of days, then potted it, being sure there were no cut, or damaged portions under the soil. It seems to be healing very nicely, with light green tissue forming on most of the scraped surfaces.

It has not put out any new leaves. Those showing were all the life left in the poor thing when I decided to operate.

I'll post a new photo when some noticeable changes have occured.

Thanks for you interest... hope you have a good day.

Dan

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)

Lots of luck with your project. Keep us posted with the progress.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank You... I'll provide photos as she improves. Gotta be positive here. This one is going to make a comeback.

Dan

Milton, FL(Zone 8a)

You may wind up with a very interesting caudex.This cloud just might have a silver lining.

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Hello Dan,

I would wait for signs of growth before watering again. And be careful not to "cook" the plant in direct sunlight (wenn temperatures are above 70 F).

Good luck with it!


Best regards,

Martin

P.S. Currently I have an Adenium arabicum with a big hole in it. I'm trying to reroot it as well.

This message was edited May 24, 2008 1:48 PM

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks gone2seed... I hope so.

Martin... Thanks for the advice. I've been trying to give it a few hours of morning sun, but the sun doesn't rise above the trees in back until mid morning. By that time it's already in the upper 70's or higher. We're in the 90's here by afternoon. I'll take extra precautions on the sunlight and watering.

Here's a photo I took a few minutes ago to show how it appears to be healing. All of the green tissue has formed within the last week or so. Looking better everyday.

Good Luck on rooting your Adenium Arabicum. Do you have any photos of it?

Thanks for your help, Dan

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Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Here's the replacement I bought for my wife. It's pretty tall and probably should be cut back, but she likes the taller look on this one, and so do I. We're going to leave it as is for a while before trying to get it to branch out.

It's looks sort of like someone sitting with their hands in their lap.

Dan

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Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Hello Dan,

It seems your Adenium has "callused up" nicely. I think, you won't have to worry anymore - just don't overdo the watering.:-) IMHO, Adeniums are quite tough plants which can survive even drastic "surgeries" (if all rotting parts are removed).

Three weeks ago, I did such a drastic surgery on one of my A. arabicums. To this date, the plant is still firm to the touch and the rot (fingers crossed) haven't spread. I'll take a photo and post it tomorrow.

Best regards,

Martin

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Dan, I like your replacement. I don't think you should prune it.:-) But generally I prefer "stocky" Adeniums with fat caudexes and short branches.

Best regards,

Martin

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Hi Dan,

My healed Adenium arabicum:


Best regards,

Martin

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Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

And...

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Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

And finally a specimen A. obesum which unfortunately has lost all its flowers due to strong wind. It was a nice display.:-(

Best regards,

Martin

This message was edited May 31, 2008 8:40 AM

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Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Hi Martin... Thanks for posting the photos. Good to see that your plant has made a full recovery. It's a great looking plant. Congratulations.

Add that last photo... what a beautiful specimen!

Thanks for the tips, especially about overwatering. My plant has not shown signs of new growth, but is continuing to heal, and the rot appears to be completely gone. I'll post another photo when some changes are apparent.

Hope you have a good day... Dan

Austin, TX

I think your "damaged" plant is great---fabulous candidate for a bonsai. That caudex looks like it will develop interesting character---perfect for a bonsai treatment. Lucky you.

Colton, CA(Zone 8b)

MartinDK, I am new to this forum and was impressed with what I saw in the background of the photo you posted. Do you have photos of some of your other plants posted somewhere?

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Dlmcgrw, I have limited space inside my flat, so I need to keep my collection of caudiciform plants small. They are mainly South african and Madagascarian species.

If you want to see plant photos, you could visit my Webshots site at http://community.webshots.com/user/MartinnrDK

However, I need to update the albums with recent photos.:-)

Best regards,

Martin

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Hey everyone... looks like this one may make it. New growth is finally starting, and I'm giving a little water, which it is responding to with more growth.

Thanks to all of you for your comments and well wishes.

Dan

Martin... really enjoyed your photos... Thanks for posting them.

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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

Martin, your collection is awesome. What is the plant on the right in picture #4, with the large leaves?
Also in picture #1, the one to the right with the large leaves?

Colton, CA(Zone 8b)

Martin, Glad I asked. Great plants, Thanks for sharing.

Adelaide, Australia(Zone 10a)

Not my plants Imadigger, (obviously, LOL) but I am going to stick my neck out and say Cyphostemma juttae. This is a close relative of my plant (Cissus glabra) and one I have always wanted to have. To Martin all I can say is stunning!

Ciao, KK.

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Thanks all.

Imadigger, yes, it's a Cyphostemma juttae.

It get's really fat with age - and has a nice peeling bark. The flowers are inconspicuous (appear in Spring) but it develops some showy red grape-like fruits.:-) It's pretty fast-growing in a hot climate (or in a green house), and the culture is easy.

Best regards,

Martin

This message was edited Jul 29, 2008 8:56 AM

Copenhagen, Denmark(Zone 7b)

Cyphostemma juttae in the background...

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Plumiedelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

ya know....
400+ caudicaforms and now u make me want more lol!

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