Adeniums forum: Variegated Adeniums

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Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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rattlebox
Jun 14, 2015 9:28 AM CST
@jericson22, I apologize, but I took the liberty of downloading and cropping your photos to highlight your variegated Adenium seedling. Here are the two photos, with the oldest first:


Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/d7f874 Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/e9b12a

I hope this grows into a nice plant for you! It certainly is looking much better now it's developing more chlorophyll.

I currently have five 9-month old seed-grown variegated specimens split between seed from two different pod parents [purchased from Ko of Taiwan]. Here is the largest, my favorite:


Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/2c69aa Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/1499fe Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/ed79f7

It's running smaller than it's fully green siblings due to the reduced chlorophyll, but better than the other four variegated ones. The second two are doing relatively well, but much smaller as they have less chlorophyll. I think the biggest difference is that with the first one the newest tiny leaves already have some chlorophyll, while in the other four the newest leaves are pink/white and develop much more slowly. The leaves with little or no chlorophyll are also more subject to rot.

Here are the next two, very similar to each other but one from each of the two seed packs:

Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/2912f2 Thumb of 2015-06-14/rattlebox/a7abc0

The last two are really struggling. They can't seem to keep leaves long enough to grow, so at nine months are still less than two inches tall with hardly any leaves at all. They keep hanging in there so I haven't given up on them yet!

I may move the last two into a shadier position, as it seemed the variegated plants had more chlorophyll when they received more shade. At least, in the mass planting, the variegated seedlings started really growing and coming into their own when their siblings began to tower over them. Maybe it was just coincidence, but what have I got to lose by experimenting? As it is, it's primarily the chlorophyll in the caudex that's keeping them alive.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 14, 2015 10:20 AM CST
Here is my variegated one.
Thumb of 2015-06-14/Dutchlady1/2a31c0

Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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rattlebox
Jun 14, 2015 10:44 AM CST
That's really nice, Hetty!

I like the yellow with green and the multiple shades of green.

Mine are all the same as far as color areas are concerned: either green or white, but which I also like. Your's is obviously a different mutation.

I wonder what they would produce if crossed? Most likely a bunch of solid green plants!
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jericson22
Jun 14, 2015 10:59 PM CST
yea lack of chlorophyll makes them a slow grower, i dont even know what on earth is variated plants, dunno if its gonna die or not, as you can see on my picture, the other 2 grows faster than her
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Region: Florida Hummingbirder Butterflies Bromeliad Tropicals Foliage Fan
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rattlebox
Jun 15, 2015 3:57 AM CST
Hetty, did you grow your variegated Adenium from seed?

jericson - at a small size the variegated do need more TLC and patience. At least for the green/white variety. I don't know if the yellow/green variegation is any more robust.

Anyone had both?
[He] decided that if a few quiet beers wouldn't allow him to see things in a different light, then a few more probably would. - Terry Pratchett
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 15, 2015 3:59 AM CST
No I bought it.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jun 15, 2015 7:33 AM CST
I have the yellow/green, it has red flowers, too. An OK grower. It's grafted, and just has two long stems with leaves at the top. Not a pretty plant, sigh.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jun 17, 2015 7:24 AM CST
OK, here's my one. I bought it at a local nursery two years ago. It's bloomed once, and has buds now, white single flowers.
Thumb of 2015-06-17/coconut/44f9c9

Kind of a dumb looking plant! Time to prune, I guess. I stuck a bit of cereus in the pot, that's the green.
Thumb of 2015-06-17/coconut/e47336

Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Region: Florida Hummingbirder Butterflies Bromeliad Tropicals Foliage Fan
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rattlebox
Jun 18, 2015 7:31 AM CST
It's a shame the variegated ones grow so much slower than the solid green ones, which are already slow-growing compared to other plants. You know they will branch out if you cut them back, but that's so hard to do!

I'm glad mine, for whatever reason, are already multi-branched. I'm thinking if the stems =ever= get long enough to start looking leggy, taking an exacto knife and cutting out just the tip will force side branches but leave the mature leaves to keep feeding the plant. A thought to remember.

Melissa, be sure to post pics when the variegated one blooms.

I'm really curious how the different color flowers look against the variegated foliage. Do they add or detract from the look of the plant?
[He] decided that if a few quiet beers wouldn't allow him to see things in a different light, then a few more probably would. - Terry Pratchett
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jun 18, 2015 9:01 AM CST
Add, very much to the beauty of the plant! I will post once it blooms.

I still think of braiding or macrame when these guys get 'leggy'. haha

I tried pinching, but if the plants want to go straight up, they went straight up. Many of the obesums here that are in the ground started branching when they were two feet tall. Others are bushy, but they look like arabicums.
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Region: Florida Hummingbirder Butterflies Bromeliad Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plant and/or Seed Trader Xeriscape Seed Starter The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier
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rattlebox
Jun 18, 2015 9:16 PM CST
I still think of braiding or macrame when these guys get 'leggy'


Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
[He] decided that if a few quiet beers wouldn't allow him to see things in a different light, then a few more probably would. - Terry Pratchett

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