Adeniums forum: Wondering... is this an adenium?

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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
May 13, 2014 11:40 AM CST
I got this plant some time ago at Home Depot. It looked interesting and I liked it especially because it looked like an adenium, but is it? It hasn't really grown much since I got it, maybe a year ago.

Anyone know?

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 13, 2014 12:42 PM CST
It's one of the Pachypodiums I am sure; let me think what species....
Name: Rick
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RCanada
May 13, 2014 9:28 PM CST
Definitley a Pachypodium. Possiblly P. horombense or P. saundersii.
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Name: Ive
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MamaIve12
May 14, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Thank you both! It's an odd looking little thing. Smiling

This year I'm dabbling more and more with succulents. This little plant has been able to withstand heavy S. Florida heat so far.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 14, 2014 7:50 AM CST
It should, it's from Madagascar...
Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
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MamaIve12
May 14, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Thanks Hetty; my next question: does it flower?
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Boricua in Florida, I guess that makes me a Floridicua!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
May 14, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Yes, it does, and at that time we will know for sure which Pachypodium it is. Thumbs up
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
May 14, 2014 12:19 PM CST
One thing, Adeniums never have thorns. That's a cutie!
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rattlebox
May 16, 2014 7:12 PM CST
My Pachypodium saundersii grown on my full-sun, zone 10a Florida patio.

Slow growth the first few years as I treated it like a cactus. Now I treat it like a tropical plant. It was replanted in loose, free-draining but moisture -retentive soil in a significantly larger pot. It now gets frequent water during the dry season (the soil is kept moist as long as the plant is not dormant), and full exposure to Florida rains during the rainy season.

The plant had scarcely grown during the first few years, then started growing like crazy after being re-potted. It has easily tripled in size over the past three years. The only protection it has gotten from Florida weather is when a frost or freeze was predicted.

Two years ago I repotted into the pot you see in the second photo, at the time looking way over-potted for the size of the plant. It now needs lifted and soil replenished, but is no longer dwarfed by the pot.

First pic, when first acquired, as a cute tender-skinned baby:

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Now, as a gnarly old man:

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I have photos of him in bloom somewhere, but unfortunately can't find them at the moment.

Good luck with yours!
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