Adeniums forum: Cut back

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Name: Doris Klene
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kareoke
Mar 31, 2015 9:56 AM CST
well I did it, severally cut back on my large Adenium, cut is much shorter than it looks.

After cutback.

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 31, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Brave you! Looks great
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kareoke
Apr 1, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Thank you Melissa. I was holding my breath on this but I think it looks much better.
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coconut
Apr 1, 2015 11:22 AM CST
I bet it will be sprouting new leaves, or buds, a week from now
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EnlightenTreasures
Apr 4, 2015 11:19 PM CST
I am gonna do the same with my big ones, they are blooming now but still kinda dormant not too many leaves yet. I have always been afraid to cut them back too. But it's now or never they are getting huge and misshapen. Plus I need to try and propagate a few that I really like. And then it is on to grafting onto some of my seedlings.
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coconut
Apr 7, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Go for it, E.T.! Where do you live?
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orchidgal
May 1, 2015 10:42 PM CST
Well, I did the cut backs -- so thank you for that advice. All the cuttings have survived. They've got leaves and some have blooms. The parent plants seem to be doing just fine and I'm happy that I've increased my collection. I'll be scouting around for the right kind of pots eventually. the wider and not so deep parts are hard to find.
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nmumpton
May 2, 2015 10:18 AM CST
I'm so reluctant to cut back like that. I wish I had the courage. Does the plant flower better with the cutback?

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Deebie
May 2, 2015 9:15 PM CST
It sounds like you did a great job Elfie and you have rooted cuttings. That's a great plus. What method did you use to root them?
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coconut
May 4, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Nancy, yes they often flower a lot better when pruned some.
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orchidgal
May 10, 2015 9:17 PM CST
I left the stems in a shady place for a few days -- hot out, but no sun on them. I didn't even use rooting powder. I've got quite a few cuttings in a pot and they're getting leaves and some flowers. How long will it take for the caudex to form on each one -- any idea ? Years ?
I'll take a picture and post. I'd love to learn how to graft; I have one plant that has a deep pink flower and a white flower ! I bought it like that.
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
May 11, 2015 9:21 AM CST
I bet that pink/white, the pink is from below the graft. Happens all the time. Don't let it take over. Prune judiciously.

Roots first on rooted cuttings, then fat roots within a year. Raised roots can be called a caudex?
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 12, 2015 1:03 PM CST
When is a good time to cut back my leggy adenium? They are in full bloom without leaves right now. Are rooted cuttings just as slow to take root as they grow?
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
May 13, 2015 8:43 AM CST
slow to root, yes. Put them aside where they can do their thing.

Full bloom without leaves is dormant, by the way. Water sparingly. Prune when new leave begin, which should be as the flowers get old. I guess!
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 13, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Thanks so much, Melissa. I love when a dormant plant looks this gorgeous!
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nmumpton
Dec 5, 2015 11:08 AM CST
Rooted cuttings do NOT form caudexes from what I have been told. They make nice plants and will flower but only seed grown plants form a caudex.

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GigiPlumeria
Dec 5, 2015 11:53 AM CST
i'm curious too if Doris cuttings formed Caudex.
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