Adenium 101: Adeniums, starting from seed

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Adenium 101

By gone2seed
April 27, 2010

I use the same potting mix for starting seed and for growing them to about 8 months. At that point I move them up to larger pots and to one of two mixes.

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LIWilliams
Oct 13, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Dear Mr. Sessions,

I'm new at all this and will appreciate your advise if possible. I have fresh seeds gathered from naturally polinated adenium, have read your article and understand about soil mixtures and planting of seeds, but I have questions. To keep myseld from wandering I'm numbering my sentences:

1. Should fresh seeds be soaked overnight before planting?

2. Do I plant seeds now as I would like, or must I wait until next spring? I live in South Carolina but winters are still too cold to start them outside.

3. At about what temperature should the seedbed be kept? Would a grow light work?

4. Is it OK to repot the parent plant, following your instructions concerning soil mixture? Is it OK to repot this time of year? I'd appreciate any other instruction or advise you'd care to pass along.

Thank you, and thank you for the good article.

"L. I." Williams

Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Oct 13, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Hi,
I will take these questions in order;

1 I soak for at least 4 hours.8 hours is ok but not much longer.

2 You can plant now if you can keep the temperatures above 50 degrees at night.

3 I like the seedbed daytime temperature to be above 70 degrees.A grow light or heat mat would help or you can use my "redneck' method and put them in your car in the daytime.

4 It is ok to repot this time of year if you can keep the temperature warm enough.

I hope this helps.It would also be a good idea to read through the old forums.There is a world of information there.Also,if you ask future questions on the current forum,#33 I think,you will get answers from me and from others who may have a different viewpoint.
JT

lovesadeniums
Nov 7, 2010 3:59 PM CST
OK I will confess I have never been able to start these plants from seeds. I have 5 plants that I love dearly. Will older seeds germinate at all? Will soaking allow some to germinate? I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Nov 7, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Hi, I have found that older seeds are much harder to get to germinate, I soak mineabout 5 hours, when you plant them just barely cover the seed with soil, and keep warm I use a shop light, they usualy sprout in a few days.
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Nov 7, 2010 7:50 PM CST
I never have much luck with old seed.With fresh seed I get over 90% germination.With year old seed 0- 15 %.
If you already have the seed it won't hurt to try.
Name: sally o'neil
yardley, pa
zone 6b
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sallyo
Nov 9, 2010 7:26 AM CST
I have found these very easy to grow from fresh seed. They will germinate in 24 hours at time. I put them on a heat mat to start.
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hoainiem
Jun 1, 2011 12:42 PM CST
From whom do you get fresh seeds? I ordered from a Thai grower on eBay last year and didnot receive my seeds at all.
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
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kareoke
Jun 1, 2011 2:23 PM CST
ebay is NOT a good place to get them, ask JT maybe he has some for sale.
Name: Brenda Bautista
Lula, GA
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7doggies
Jun 15, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Hey, someone sent me some adenium obesum 'Sakura II' seeds. Anybody got a clue on where I can find out what these are?
I did find Sakura blossoms on two different sites and they were totally different blossoms. Is this inconsistency common with adenium websites?
Oops, that was my second question! The first one is the answer I am really looking for!

I'm down to two adeniums, one from JT and one from Charleen. You can tell I'm not a big collector, but I enjoy when they bloom and find the challenge of not killing them, well ................... challenging!!!!

schukie3
Dec 18, 2013 10:58 PM CST
Hi I'm new and have also not had much luck with old seeds, I can tell instantly because they usually sprout within a dew days. I have one 6 inch out of 30 seeds. 4 from 30 and 18 Fromm my last batch of 20. I just planted 38 of a new batch today I just can't get enough of these. I still have not seen a flower yet, any tips on what watt bulb I should use to get them to bloom? I have a indoor greenhouse with a set up of 250 watt rite now. Thanks for any help you can give. Karen I tip my hat to you.

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