Adeniums forum: My adenium are taking the summer off

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 1, 2014 12:56 PM CST
There has been a single flower since early summer. Do they do that? I recall last summer, I had nearly continuous blooms? Do I keep fertilizing this late in the summer? It's HOT here!
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tarev
Aug 1, 2014 1:08 PM CST
Maybe it needs more water. I have been watering my Adenium daily this summer and it has been giving me good blooms compared to previous years.

Something I changed with watering my Adenium, before I just water the root/soil zone, then I thought, if that big fat exposed caudex is also its engorged root, maybe it wants to be wet as well. I usually try to avoid overhead watering, so what I did is to also spray the exposed caudex. Seems to work! After that the leaves came out more and now more prominent bloom clusters.

I also tried my smaller ones, and it seems that is how it likes it too during these heat wave days, though too young to make blooms, but it is actively making new leaves. It has not rained here since mid-March so just really dry, so have to step up watering. I guess spraying the caudex helps since we have really low humidity, too dry around here.
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Dutchlady1
Aug 1, 2014 3:11 PM CST
I find they respond well to fertilizing in the summer.
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Deebie
Aug 4, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Last year I could not get my DRs to bloom for nothing. The only one that bloomed was a small white one that was sitting on a shelf with another shelf above it. This year, they are blooming their heads off, although I haven't fertilized them as much as I should. The difference is that last year it rained nearly everyday and sometimes several times a day for at least 2 1/2 months during the summer. They were in full sun in well draining soil & getting fertilized regularly, so I thought that they were OK. Apparently, that was too much water for them. This year, they are in a sunny location and some are under the eaves of my house. These I hand water daily. The ones not under the eaves and in full sun, are hand watered when it doesn't rain. Our rainy season hasn't started yet, but when it does, they too will be put under the eaves. I hope this info is helpful to someone.
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RobertB
Aug 9, 2014 6:45 AM CST
I'm having a great round of summer blooms. It may be the fertilizer but I swear it is because I whisper sweet talk to them...... Hilarious!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 11, 2014 11:56 PM CST
Thanks for all the comments. I am watering more often, and added Super Bloom. I have two buds on one of five plants. We'll see if the others follow suit?
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Dutchlady1
Aug 12, 2014 5:40 AM CST
Not too much water, remember they are DESERT roses....
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 12, 2014 2:37 PM CST
used to water every 2 weeks. Bumped it up to every 5 days. Is that OK? They are under the eaves and will not get any rain water.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Aug 12, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Mine gets every other day or sometimes everyday watering when we get high 90's to 100's. Made me realize it is summer, sitting in full sun..it has leaves, it is thirsty. And when I water, I water the root zone area with spraying on the fat caudex. I can do that here since our humidity is low at times 20 to 40%. Nada rain here Rolling my eyes. Watch the caudex too, it gives me visual idea when it is starting to feel thirstier..I can see one side slowly shrinking.

So if you got similar conditions as mine, your stepped up watering should be fine.

Just watch your temps, when it just hovers in the low 80's, I do that 3 to 5 day interval.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 12, 2014 8:36 PM CST
Thanks Tarev. We hover closer to 100ยบ for usual August. We've had a mild summer thus far, but it looks like August will bring it's typical heat. Actually hit it with the Heat Index since our humidity is very high. We are the farthest thing from a desert climate. I will have to be very careful about the moisture I add, I think?
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printmaster
Aug 13, 2014 5:28 AM CST
Cheryl,
I'm in Texas too, and with this heat 100+. I'm watering every three days. Double check to insure the soil is dry first.
Mine were in full sun until the 100+ temps and have moved them to where they get late afternoon shade.
I also mist the leaves of my adenium and plumeria in the late evening.

BTW, I was just down in Houston last week to purchase a few more adenium. There are two nursery's that carry several different varieties. JRN & Nature Growers are on the North West side of Houston on Breen Street. Nature Growers has the larger plants for the same price as JRN. The pic is at Nature Growers. Wished I lived closer to Houston!!

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Aug 13, 2014 9:13 AM CST
Ah okay, you have good humidity levels Cheryl so you can make that watering interval. I think 3 days is good.

Ohh..love that photo Lonnie! I wish I can buy from there!

Our temps have changed this week..so now will do the interval watering, waking up to 60's and going into the low 80's....lovely dry weather for a change Smiling

Good luck Cheryl! Hope your Adenium tries to go for it! Hey if it does not bloom..just watch the caudex, pretty sure it will pack it in and you will have a real rock hard happy caudex there! Big Grin

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