Adeniums forum: A Few Seed Questions

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2012 12:21 PM CST
I am getting 8-10 adenium seeds through our local plant exchange. They are coming in the mail within the next few days. I am new to adenium but thought I would try my hand at the free seeds. My thumb is green but turns black when it comes to seeds. Angry We'll see what happens this time. I didn't even ask about the color of the mother plant! But I will later. The Babies to Adult thread was very helpful but I still have a few questions specific to my situation.
1) I am leaving out of town for 5 days starting Thursday (tomorrow). What should I have my husband do with the seeds when they come in the mail? Put them in the fridge?
2) I will plant on Monday according to some of the suggestions on the Babies to Adults thread (pg 6): soak in hot water for 2-3 hours, remove the shell if it is easy to do. cover with 1/8" mix of peat and perlite. 50/50 mix?
3) Will it go into full sun to germinate? I am home only for a few days. Maybe they will spout? And when I leave again for my next 5-day trip?? What should I do with them? Protect from rains? Full sun?

Thanks so much!
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Name: Michael Hicks
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chefmike92
Sep 12, 2012 9:37 PM CST
i was told to keep seeds fresh use zip lock with all air out put in your warmest part of fridge this is for long term storage. if you have A/C on just keep under 80 and in zip lock bag should be fine.

can you believe i just put 35 different kinds of adenium seeds to soak (5 of each) for the co-op i have already 250 seeds on there way looking at 200 more ....maybe


dont soak in hot water just room temp for up to 5 -6 hrs and you dont have to take the coat off at that time some find it easier. not in full sun to germinate it will dry top out to fast

I think bright light and warm but not hot the growers in India say not full sun until they have 5 full sets of leaves. yes need to protect from rain most like to use a spray bottle to keep moist i water from bottom
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 12, 2012 11:49 PM CST
Thanks, Mike! I will put a tray of water beneath the seedlings while I am gone next week to help it stay moist.
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Name: Clarence Poole
Western, North Carolina (Zone 7a)
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koiguy
Sep 13, 2012 4:41 PM CST
not meaning to break in here,I've been rasing desert roses for over ten years,no hot water,no frig,they will be ok in a plastic bag for up to thirty day,out of bright sun light.As for soaking I don't . I plant them in my own soil mix that already damp.Thumb of 2012-09-13/koiguy/f002bc
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Sep 13, 2012 6:53 PM CST
koiguy said:not meaning to break in here,I've been rasing desert roses for over ten years,no hot water,no frig,they will be ok in a plastic bag for up to thirty day,out of bright sun light.As for soaking I don't . I plant them in my own soil mix that already damp.Thumb of 2012-09-13/koiguy/f002bc


Welcome! Welcome! Where have you been hiding we need you to help us poor inexperienced growers THANKS for your advice I have a few friends in India and Thailand that is mostly where i get advice from We do have several great people here Thumbs up but love to see and here more of your plants Drooling and tips PLEASE we LOVE pictures!!! Hurray! Hurray!

if you have been growing them for this long you have to sell them yes? where do you sell them?? i do a lot of buying and selling of plants and ALWAYS looking for more growers for my network so when people say HEY mike can you fine me....or get me....or do a co-op for.....i have some where to go.

I just placed 3 large orders for seeds I think (bad right not sure how many) adenium seeds 600+ for my co-op on plants and seeds would you have anything you would like to sell or trade. I will list it for you on my co-op and unlike other co-op runners i would not ask you fro ANY of your money what you charge is what you get. As now we are in need of other adeniums other then obesum's at a good cost we are kind of cheap around here LOL

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Name: Clarence Poole
Western, North Carolina (Zone 7a)
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koiguy
Sep 13, 2012 7:48 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome Mike.As for seeds were I get mine from I have about 85% sucess rate.Yes I will sell plants.I have mixed Colors of Seedlings.I will send you some pictures maybe tomorrow,Were most people including myself is over water the poor things.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Sep 14, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Hi, Clarence! Welcome! Nice to see your plamts and to have you speak up.

I started that Babies to Adult thread, and it got all loaded up and off track with comments, and I didn't finish it, bad me! Hmm, I'll have to go see where I stopped...

I treated my last batch of seeds/seedlings like petunias, and the first few started blooming in four months! Nothing exciting, just pinks for the Botanical Gardens where I volunteer two days a week. I believe planting in May helped, with the springtime feel of that time of year.

And, five days isn't too long to go without watering, not at all.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 19, 2012 3:32 PM CST
My adenium seeds (thanks Rucky!) are in. You all could have warned me that harvesting the seed from within the covering/sheath was not unlike pinching a zit! Rolling on the floor laughing I only broke out half the seeds. They are planted in some rich volcanic sand acquired from my recent travels, perlite and cactus soil. On top is only 1/8" thick. I have them in the shade and will be watering them from the bottom. Do I need to cover them in plastic? Houston temps at night will drop to 60"s. But the day will be upper 80's-low 90's. I will be leaving town again soon. I hope to have some sprouts when I return! Hurray!
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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Sep 20, 2012 6:18 AM CST
I always covered mine, I don't know if anyone else has had my problem but I found that nats will eat the seeds, I planted some seeds one time and they never came up I turned the dish over did not find anything but nats, no seeds.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Sep 20, 2012 9:15 AM CST
60's is cold for sprouting seeds. And the surface should be kept moist, so the sprouts can break through. For the bugs, gnats, I sprayed a little bug killer, Malathion, on the surface of the soil mix. That kept the nasties away.

If you don't have luck with this bunch, I'll send you some more seeds.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 20, 2012 11:14 AM CST
coconut said:60's is cold for sprouting seeds. And the surface should be kept moist, so the sprouts can break through. For the bugs, gnats, I sprayed a little bug killer, Malathion, on the surface of the soil mix. That kept the nasties away.

If you don't have luck with this bunch, I'll send you some more seeds.


Thanks, Coconut. I am leaving today for 5 days. Should I move the seeds indoors while I'm gone??
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Name: JT Sessions
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gone2seed
Sep 20, 2012 1:06 PM CST
I'm late as usual but everything has been well covered and are all good tips.I soak mine for at least 4 hours in room temp water.Do not soak for more than 8 or they will turn to mush.I also sprout mine in the shade and gradually move to sun.Thumb of 2012-09-20/gone2seed/c87876
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Sep 21, 2012 6:15 AM CST
Good morning JT good to see you posting, nodding
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gone2seed
Sep 21, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Doris I read every day even though I havn't posted much lately.Ann fell about three weeks ago and broke her arm near the shoulder.That gives me double duty with some help from the daughters.I have also started selling at the local farmers market and am also putting together the new website.The website should go public in early October.Busy,busy,busy and loving it....well except for the broken arm.Thumb of 2012-09-21/gone2seed/c96aba
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
Charter ATP Member Mules Daylilies Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Cut Flowers
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kareoke
Sep 21, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Wow you are busy, sorry about your wife's arm,hope it heals fast, and good.look forward to seing your new web site'
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Sep 21, 2012 10:28 AM CST
The market looks so sweet and low pressure. We have vendors only at events that are crowded with hundreds and hundreds of people. I just never feel like buying anything in the crush. I'd love to see a photo of just your table of plants.

Looking forward to seeing your website. And, get well quick, Ann! I bet that hurts, boooo.
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Sep 21, 2012 1:39 PM CST
coconut said:The market looks so sweet and low pressure. We have vendors only at events that are crowded with hundreds and hundreds of people. I just never feel like buying anything in the crush. I'd love to see a photo of just your table of plants.

Looking forward to seeing your website. And, get well quick, Ann! I bet that hurts, boooo.


The market is low key.it"s four blocks long,on main street,in the center of town.There is a steady flow of customers but no big press.I am enjoying it.A big plus is that it smells wonderful from all the baked goods and
flowers.It is much nicer than the flea market I had been using.I will try to remember to take a picture this Saturday.
The website will be information only....no sales.

Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 24, 2012 8:22 PM CST
5 Days later. I have 1 sprout out of 30 here. Hurray! The nights have been cooler but still 90 in the day. So maybe the others will pop up this week?

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Sep 25, 2012 11:59 AM CST
Push! Maybe they are a bit deep. Be sure to keep the surface damp, most folks have some sort of sprayer for that. I use a windex bottle.

Seeds take as long as two weeks to sprout, but usually quicker. More should be popping up as I post!
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 25, 2012 1:08 PM CST
The one that has sprouted I took the covering off if that makes a difference. There is only 1/8" soil on it and they are very moist. I am waiting patiently. Well, sort of patiently. LOL
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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