Adeniums forum: A picture of my LARGE Adenium.

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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Mar 1, 2015 8:02 AM CST
It is so heavy I can hardly lift it, I am thinking this summer I may cut all the stems really short, do you think it would survive.


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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 1, 2015 8:20 AM CST
What a great plant Doris and yes, I would cut the branches, maybe down to 4-6 inches?
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klc
Mar 1, 2015 1:54 PM CST
I'm assuming that you would cut it back to it branched out and filled in more??? Would kill me to cut that big thing back!! LOL
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Rick
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RCanada
Mar 1, 2015 6:46 PM CST
If you prune it back, it will look as many of the Thai large Adeniums look in their shows.
Nice plant.
Rick
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Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Mar 2, 2015 7:16 AM CST
Yes, I have decided I will cut all the branches back, I just need to find out if there is a certain time to do that or can it be done any time anyone have an answer for me please let me know.
Name: Rick
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RCanada
Mar 2, 2015 8:12 AM CST
I know that many will prune anytime, but friends in Australia have always stated to prune when coming into or in full growth. This when I do mine. Not sure of other times.
Rick
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 2, 2015 8:36 AM CST
@coconut may have some input.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 2, 2015 8:38 AM CST
I would keep a close eye on the branch ends, and prune when you see new baby leaves. You might be surprised with a lot of blooms! I can't wait to see! Four to six inches would be "perfect". You could repot at the same time, to straighten it up some, and give it fresh potting mix. (haha, spellcheck is complaining the repot is wrong!) (AND spellcheck is wrong!)

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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Mar 3, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Thanks for the input, this would mean cutting off 8 to 10 inches on most of the branches. I guess I should look at it as I am going to lose it one day if I do nothing so all I need to do is get my nerve up and go to it, when and if I do I will post pictures, there would be a lot of cuttings I could plant but not up to taking care of that many.
Name: Kim
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klc
Mar 3, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Can the clipping be rooted and repotted or are they lost??....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 3, 2015 10:43 AM CST
They can be rooted. Most people say they will not form a caudex though. I don't know if that is true.
Name: Kim
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klc
Mar 3, 2015 11:29 AM CST
Thanks Hetty Smiling
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 3, 2015 2:02 PM CST
Cuttings DO grow a big root system, also called caudex.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 3, 2015 2:24 PM CST
OK so I stand corrected.
Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Mar 4, 2015 7:05 AM CST
I know Melissa knows more than I do, but I did try two of them last year and the stem stayed skinny so I dumped them, I may try a couple from this one since they will be thick to start with,
Name: Rick
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RCanada
Mar 4, 2015 8:10 AM CST
I believe that the root structure becomes larger over time and stem will put on circumference as it ages.
It would not be noticeable until it where raised years down the road, then you would have a
now exposed Caudex. Many used to say that cuttings would not produce a wider caudex.
As long as the roots are subterranean, they are roots. Once exposed and above the soil, now the Caudex.
Probably not something you did not already know.
Rick
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 4, 2015 10:29 AM CST
Thanks Rick! A while back, I caused a bit of a ruckus asking if this fat thing on an Adenium was a root or a caudex. Now I know!
Name: Rick
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8a)
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RCanada
Mar 4, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Melissa, I am sure you are/where aware of what it is called, as you are very well versed and respected among the Adenium people of the ADENIUMS Yahoo group.
I have always enjoyed reading your posts and the others also.
Rick
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 5, 2015 10:47 AM CST
Whew, Rick! Now I have to buy a bigger hat!! I have read everything I can about these plants, and always try to remember to ask for comments and corrections from folks, when I come up with new advice or some of my crazy ideas. I enjoy that Yahoo group. Tho I am sad when a newbie asks an aged question that bores us to tears.

I learned a LOT from Wilfred, a fellow living in Puerto Rico who, sadly fell on hard times and quit posting. And facebook is a great education, also. There are a number of Adenium pages/groups there.

Now I have to go to the hat store--- Hilarious!

Siam Purple, an antique!
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Mar 5, 2015 6:12 PM CST
That's a beauty. Thumbs up

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