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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 7:24 AM CST
I have never had an adenium bloom, but I think a couple of my 13 mo. old plants have inflo. The "Green Giant" is now over 2' tall and is starting to grow some lower branches on its caudex. Several of his siblings are showing this same sort of branching.

Any suggestions?

Thumb of 2016-07-28/drdawg/f0b1d5 "Green Giant" 03/15/2016 - 14" tall


Thumb of 2016-07-28/drdawg/78ef1d Seventeen adenium 07/28/2016 - "Green Giant" 26" tall


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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 28, 2016 7:39 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Oh WOW. I can't wait to see those flowers. Good growing Ken. I am going outside right now to fertilize my babies from Ursula. Mine were planted in December.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Yep, my plants also began as gifted-seeds from Ursula. I guess that makes her our babies' Godmother. Whistling

I don't care what color they are. Just like our children, I just want the plants to be happy and healthy.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2016 7:59 AM CST
Oh my gosh, Ken!! They sure look like buds!!! 🍾

And the Green Giant is so reminiscent of its parent which as previously mentioned, I used to top off regularly at my eye-height. Otherwise it would have eventually hit the ceiling!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 28, 2016 8:33 AM CST
You obviously gave those adeniums good prenatal care Ursula. Thumbs up
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Ursula
Jul 28, 2016 9:06 AM CST
Funny!
Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
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crystalview
Jul 28, 2016 11:24 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Let's hope they flower soon Ken
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Thanks, Marica. Since I have never had an adenium bloom, I don't know how long it takes to go from beginning-bud to flower. I know plenty of people will have that answer though.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Jul 28, 2016 12:00 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Ken! I'm all ears! for blooms.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Thank You! @Deebie.
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Jul 28, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Ken, your wish came true...flowers before end of summer!
Now the wait for the buds to open...2 to 4 weeks. Sticking tongue out
Try not to get water on the buds so as not to allow for susceptibility to rot.

If the Green Giant were mine and since it had grown quite tall I would cut off branches at the lower part and grow it as a standard. Using a very sharp knife or blade, cut the branches flush with the caudex/stem. And to minimize scarring as well as protect the cuts from rot, apply Elmer's outdoor wood glue to the cuts after wiping off any sap that might flow. The apex (top) will eventually branch out.

(This tree is not mine.)
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 2:07 PM CST
OK, I will do some trimming there, Kadie. Thanks for the advice. It is basically impossible not to have those buds get wet. These plants are all outside and I can't do a thing about frequent rains. Also, since I have so many plants and do so much watering, those adenium will get watered, leaves and all. They will have to do the best they can. I will give them a good talk about ignoring their wet buds. I lecture my plants all the time. Whistling
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Jul 28, 2016 3:02 PM CST
Hilarious! Thumbs up
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 28, 2016 3:24 PM CST
If a sterile knife was used for the surgery wouldn't the latex itself be best for healing/sealing the wound? I thought current thinking was that sealing the wound with a foreign substance could possible seal in pathogens.
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Name: Marica
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crystalview
Jul 28, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Kadie wouldn't Ken wait to trim until all the blooming is done?
Ken I am going on week 6 for my buds and they are almost there. So heavy they droop. You have warmer nights then I have and a lot my humidity. So your bloom time should be faster.
Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Jul 28, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Marica, I was only referring to the tall one...not "pruning"...only removing the branchlets from the caudex/stem. The tall one was not specifically identified as one of the two that were producing buds, but even if it was, I would remove the branches so as to direct energy to bloom production instead of vegetative growth near the base.
Name: Rick
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RCanada
Jul 28, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Ken,
That is wonderful to have buds forming. What a treat it will. Don't sit up waiting for them to mature real fast. It can seem like an eternity, only because we wait so long to have blooms. The good thing about them is that they stay open for quite awhile. Especially when they do open, have them indirect sunlight. Last longer than in blazing sun.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 28, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Thanks, all. The "Green Giant" has no inflo. These adenium are all on a wood bench, near the glass of the solarium. They get direct sun until about noon and then the sun comes through the glass. The glass has 50% sun block, so, though the plants till get sun, it is actually filtered sun after noon. So far, the light appears to suit them just fine.
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Name: KadieD
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Rainbow
Jul 28, 2016 6:21 PM CST
So in other words, they are not getting rain on their leaves or buds. Okay...got it, Kadie out.
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hodad66
Jul 28, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Certainly can see where "Green Giant" got it's name!!

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