Adeniums forum: Interesting soil/planting idea+

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 27, 2013 7:39 PM CST
I found this idea of planting adenuim on an old adenium forum and found it interesting. What do you think?

"my medium has two layers. one third from the bottom up i place 100% coarse river sand. it has a good retention of moisture and will quickly drain excess water if given a good size drain outlet. the rest of the medium is 50% coarse river sand 50% compost . with this mixture the medium will not be totally dry but will drain off excess water easily."

And this:
"base on the experience and advice shared by collectors, the containers should be wider than it is deep. this is also to influence the shape of the caudex"

And this:
" i dont need the water to reach all the way down.bec. i dont need the adenium to grown many tiny roots all over the pot. i am after the caudex to grow fat. so my logic here is just wet and nourish the caudex directly so it will grow fatter and faster."
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Name: JT Sessions
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gone2seed
May 28, 2013 10:45 AM CST
Another way to make a fatter caudex is to prune (cut off the end) the taproot.
edited to add...thanks for posting those tips.Things like that are a big help.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
May 28, 2013 2:32 PM CST
JT, how much of the taproot do I cut off? I want some bigger caudex.
Name: JT Sessions
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gone2seed
May 28, 2013 2:37 PM CST
Deebie said:JT, how much of the taproot do I cut off? I want some bigger caudex.

I don't think it matters how much just that you removed the growing tip.I usually cut about 3 inches.

Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
May 28, 2013 8:08 PM CST
Thanks, JT. I'm going to try that.
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coconut
May 30, 2013 2:54 PM CST
People always fuss that I fill my plastic nursery pots only 1/3 full....

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