Adeniums forum: Large adenium vs. miniature

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Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
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Rainbow
Nov 9, 2015 12:55 PM CST
Last May I had up-potted a couple hundred trees, but many others were not up-potted as they did not need it at the time. Believe it or not, the two large adeniums are about the same age as the three little ones. The large adeniums are in 8" panterra bowls.

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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Nov 9, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Thank you-a great illustration of the growth limiting effect of too small a pot.
BTW, what is the woven thing in the tree outside?
Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Nov 9, 2015 1:50 PM CST
Mary, thank you for your response. Actually, the growth limiting effect of too small a pot does not apply with my A. obesums. The smaller trees just did not grow enough to warrant up-potting at the time...I think they were predisposed to be miniatures due to genetics. I just recently transferred them to the containers they are in now.

The basket you see in the background contains dendrobium orchids nestled in coconut husks. They are not doing well right now because snails got to them...the snails chewed on the leaves. Took care of the problem though, just needs time to recuperate. Last December they had a prolific profusion of blooms.

Kadie
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Nov 14, 2015 5:35 PM CST
KD, your plants are impressive. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up BTW, what type of fertilizer do you use for your DRs?
Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
Wet Tropical AHS Zone 12
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Rainbow
Nov 14, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Hi Deborah,

I really cannot give you a definitive answer about fertilizers. I had used several different ones throughout the past 15 months of my first time growing adeniums (experimenting)...rooting hormone liquid, bonemeal, fish emulsion/seaweed, MG, Mg for orchids, Triple 16, 10-20-20, Osmocote 14-14-14, Bayer's 3 in 1. Also, I had changed media and up-potted several times. At one point I overfed and got too fast a growth that I had to prune many of them down.

That said, it's not only the fertilizer that promotes good large growth...the soil media is a major component as well. Around 8 months old, the two large adeniums were up-potted (yet again) into a very aerated media: 7 parts perlite, 1 part potting soil, 1 part peat moss, 1 part vermiculite, and grown in plastic panterra bowls. They doubled in size over the past 6 months!

Hope this helps.

Kadie
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Name: KadieD
Oceania, Mariana Islands (Zone 11b)
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Rainbow
Nov 14, 2015 9:05 PM CST
@ Deebie
Deborah, if you had already read the above post, please re-read as I had edited to included more information. Big Grin
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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
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Deebie
Nov 14, 2015 9:34 PM CST
Thumbs up Thanks, KD. I'm taking lots of notes. nodding

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