Adeniums forum: Need advice re: care for my DRs

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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 13, 2013 8:07 PM CST
We had an extremely wet summer here in S.C.--rain almost everyday for almost 2 months straight along with temps in the 90s. My soil is fast draining and none of them drowned but none of of them bloomed either, except a small white one. Maybe I should have fertizlized them more. For the past month temps have been getting cooler, days in the 70s and 80s and nights in the upper to mid 50s. The problem is one of them is in bloom and a couple of others are setting buds. In a few weeks I will be bringing them indoors to escape the cold temps and fall rains. Will they continue to bloom? Should I feed them? Will they go dormant once indoors? I'm Confused
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Oct 14, 2013 6:23 AM CST
Mine bloom indoors in the winter, and they will need to be fed just don't over feed, or water.
Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Oct 14, 2013 12:29 PM CST
D.R. that I have potted but dug into the ground (pot and all) get just like yours during our rain season, even to my white ones flowering thru out! While my potted ones on the porch bloom consistently. I think Doris is right, heed her advice and don't over water once inside. Good Luck. Jim

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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Oct 14, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Thanks, Doris and Jim. I'll need to bring them indoors tomorrow. Our nights are getting too cool and I don't want them to start going dormant. I will not overwater them. Note to self. The year before last, I kept mine out too late and they got rained on. I brought them in and sat a couple in a closet to go dormant, (not knowing any better) and they rotted. I should have waited until they dried out first.

Last winter I kept a couple of sitting on my unused fireplace --dormant. I wanted to keep an eye on them. I didn't give them one drop of water, and they overwintered just fine. I placed my others, including seedlings in front of the bay window in my LR and some kept their leaves. I should not have, but I watered all of them lightly, including the leafless ones. Then someone made a comment about not watering DRs when no leaves are present. Another lesson learned in time. I am better prepared this year, thanks to all of you and I'm looking forward to some blooms this winter.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Oct 14, 2013 10:49 PM CST
I can't recall who it was that was moving a huge adenium, Jim? Maybe it was you. Anyway the comment that suck with me was how much water is stored on those fat caudexes/plant bases which is why it acts like a succulent. Makes sense to me.
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Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Oct 15, 2013 5:01 AM CST
Cheryl, yea that was me,BUT, I was just presuming all that weight was caused by water rerention! I can't figure any other reason why it could possibly be so heavy. I'm forever learning,forgetting, and relearning.

Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Oct 15, 2013 2:26 PM CST
One of these days I will murder a small pink just to weigh the beastie when it's loaded with water, by leaving it in a pan of water for two days so it'll drink itself to death-- mean me!! Maybe I can add a little rum...

Then I will put it in a plastic bag and take it to the Post Office and have it weighed.

Then once it's dried out to a bit of paper, as they do, I'll have what's left weighed. I BET they are 90% water, or more!
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Oct 16, 2013 5:23 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Melissa, you are downright hilarious.

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