Adeniums forum: just caudex

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Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Sep 14, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Yesterday we were in the low 90s and for whatever reason I decided to dig up one of my Adenium and try potting it. I think I must have been out of my mind. It took me 3 hours, a strained muscle in my arm and a bucket of sweat, but I got the sucker out. All that work before I realized I didn't have a pot big enough for such a monster. I got the bathroom scale and it weighed 87 lbs. Here it is while in the ground.
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The next picture is I was just trying to show the caudex
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here it is dug out and hosed off


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Toward the end of the day I found an old pot that just might work, so I drove to Lucky Sumo and bought some "sumo soil", they're own special Adenium mix. The pot is ugly needs sanding and painting, but I'm too tired now. I shouldn't have watched them pot a smaller of my Adeniums. I got too gutsy and can only hope this guy survives.

Jim

Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Sep 14, 2013 1:20 PM CST
Having done it, I much better understand how these guys can go so long without watering. I think not only is the caudex filled with water, but I bet those thick roots are too.Oh, here is a quick picture of the ugly pot it went into, it's upside down because I had to drill a lot of holes in the bottom, by the time I wrestled the thing into the pot and filled with "Sumo soil" I didn't have it in me to take another picture. Maybe another day.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 14, 2013 1:20 PM CST
87lbs! Such a lovely monster!! Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Sep 14, 2013 2:48 PM CST
wow - why did you not want to leave it in the ground? You could have raised it a bit to show the caudex.
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Sep 14, 2013 3:47 PM CST
OMG...take 2 advil a glass of wine and call me in the morning Whistling Whistling Smiling
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Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Sep 15, 2013 4:58 AM CST
Hilarious! Hetty,it was getting so big and crowding out the DR on either side of it, and I'd have the same amount of work to do to raise it up! I'be raised it up every year for 8 years. A good argument against planting in the ground. But that's still my preference.

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djf9
Jul 22, 2014 9:18 AM CST
What is the address of Lucky Sumo Adeniums in Davie, Fl. Has anyone been there recently?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 22, 2014 9:54 AM CST
Welcome! to ATP, djf9. We're glad you've joined us.

@jimsned2 might be able to fill you in since it is obvious that he goes there regularly.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 30, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Fantastic, Jim! They ARE almost all water. I've kept dead ones. oooph, and they eventually dry out to a little bit of papery shell.

And, me, too,,, Welcome! to ATP, djf9. We're glad you've joined us!

Hey!! Jim's post was a year ago! wowee.
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RobertB
Aug 9, 2014 6:57 AM CST
Good job Jim! nodding Now you have a good excuse to go get a nice new pot. Hurray!
Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Aug 9, 2014 7:13 AM CST
Hi everyone, Lucky Sumo is at 2800 South Flamingo Road Davie Florida Ph 954-850-4569, I'm so sorry that I'm seldom posting as of late, it's not that I don't want too, just the dynamics of my life lately. I miss you all.

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kareoke
Aug 10, 2014 6:28 AM CST
Hi Jim. Like you I do not post a lot but I read everything, amazing how age changes you.
Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Aug 10, 2014 7:26 AM CST
Hi and hello Doris, your so right, and unfortunately not always for the better, some say aging is better then the alternative, but some time I gotta wonder. I also try to get on and read and keep up with things, I'm getting a little better at being a bit more constant about that anyway. I miss all you guys (meani9ng guys and gals Thumbs up )


Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Aug 11, 2014 6:25 AM CST
Well I just had my 88th birthday and what is amazing is how much this last year has changed everything, I passed my driver license OK but now I never drive after dark and never out of town by evening. cannot work in yard like I am used too but still love my plants inside.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Aug 11, 2014 8:26 AM CST
Doris, I'm only 66 and I quit driving after dark years ago! I have a rule to be home by sunset. As a teenager, I would have never believed this of myself!

Hy ya, Jim!!

This one is supposed to be 'black'. Too much sun, or something.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 11, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Happy belated birthday Doris and you're entitled to slow down a bit!
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kareoke
Aug 13, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Thank you Hetty.
Melissa have you sold any of your plants or are you still increasing them. I know how much work you are doing to keep them looking good.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Aug 21, 2014 1:39 PM CST
I spend anywhere from an hour to all day with those monsters. Some are looking great, some kind of, umm, hide from me in the back. Then I have to fiddle with them. I am NOT tidy and organized!

Not selling yet. I just found a rich dark purple double on Siam Adenium's site, GROAN! And I found some seeds of a radically squat, fat little plant, seeds $2.20 each! From Malaysia. On my facebook page, am unable to post the photo here.

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