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Adenium: From Parents to Progeny

By WQP
May 2, 2010

I'm no expert, but I've been doing this for 25 years and I've learned a few things; one of them is how to make adenium produce seed pods. The photo shows a few I picked last week. As I said, I ain't no expert, but it sure has worked for me. I will start from the beginning, from what I use to pollinate the flower all the way to planting the seeds and having seedlings sprouting.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 2, 2010 4:05 AM CST
Wonderful article Wilfred. So easy to follow and understand. It's obvious you love what you do and are very good at it. Can't wait to see more articles from you.
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Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
May 2, 2010 5:57 AM CST
So happy to see this on Cubits, believe it or not I was going on DG at least once a week just to re-read your instructions, so, now I can clost the D.G.chapter of my life and come back to your new post. Thank you so much my friend and teacher.

Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
May 2, 2010 6:46 AM CST
Wilfred, Melissa you have certainly done a clear and precise article, first rate. Group hug Thumbs up
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
May 2, 2010 7:09 AM CST
Whoa, I didn't do much! Just a very rough first draft of the bio.

Wilfred, you did all the tedious work here, and we all thank you so much!! Smiling Group hug Smiling Group hug

Name: Michelle Nabity
Eagar, AZ
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mnabity
May 3, 2010 5:27 AM CST
Thank you both for such a clear, concise, easy to understand article. Your knowledge has helped so many of us and we are so very greatful. Words cannot express how much not only your sharing of your knowledge but your friendship has meant to so many of us. Lovey dubby You are truly a wonderful, amazing, selfless man with a heart of gold. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us Wilfred. Group hug And Melissa, your are a wonderful, lovely woman who has also given us all so much. Without the two of you, I truly do not think that any of us would be so knowledgeable or addictted to these amazing plants. Thank you both for everything! I only hope that some how, some day we can find a way to show our appreciation for all you two have done.

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Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
May 3, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Holy Smoke Michelle, what a great group of plants, tell me you started them from seed, then PLEASE tell me how the heck you did it if your so new to Desert Rose, I'm green with envy, I'm all ears I'm all ears! waiting to hear what you did to those guys.

Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
May 3, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Thank you, Wilfred and Melissa, for just a wonderful, inspiring article. Hurray! Thumbs up Your expertise has been invaluable to all of us, especially me. If it wasn't for you and your pictures and encouragement, I would never have gotten into growing DRs. Keep up the good work so that others can benefit! Group hug
Name: Michelle Nabity
Eagar, AZ
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mnabity
May 3, 2010 8:59 PM CST
Sorry Jim, wish those were from seed, the two on the left of the picture are from JT(the back is an A. Obesum the left front is a fuzzy leafed A. Arabicum) the one in the center back in the black pot is a variegated A. Obesum from Chris and the other three are ones I ordered off ebay(Front right and center are A. Obesum and back right is A. Somalense) sorry. I have three batches of the ones I have grown from seed, the oldest are between 3 and 4 months the second set is about 2 months old and the last set is just about 2 weeks old. I also have one more older one that isnt in the picture because its very pathetic looking has no leaves and no blooms. There has been alot of growth on the ones in the pic since I have gotten them so I guess I am doing something right. I do have a few more that stay over at my moms house 3 older ones(including one from JT) some from the 3-4 month old set and some from the 2 month old set. All from JT are approximately 7-9 months old the rest is anyones guess. What I have done, is the planting mix(which I am told is totally wrong) is 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. I water when needed, fertilize with miracle grow about twice a month, have recently started to make a compost tea for them on occasion when I remember, give them lots of sunlight or I keep them under a grow lite and keep them either on top of or right next to my heater since its so cold where I live. Still learning alot from Wilfred, JT, Chris, and Melissa and figuring out things as I go along. I can say that the seedlings under the grow lite are as tall or taller than the oldest seedlings I have and I the only variable is who I got the seeds from and using the grow lite. Ok getting way too longwinded sorry all.
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Dutchlady1
May 24, 2010 6:32 PM CST
Hi - can I ask how long the seedpod takes to ripen?
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
May 24, 2010 6:35 PM CST
LOL, the seed pod takes something like five months to grow and ripen. I think I'm wrong with how many days, but close enough.

Feed Mama plant a balanced fert weakly weekly all along, to nourish the developing seeds.

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