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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 6, 2016 8:05 PM CST
So, I have my 2 plants from DrDawg... I assume it's fairly obvious that, since I live in the Michigan UP these plants will be indoors for the winter. Should I expect them to drop all their leaves?
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RCanada
Sep 7, 2016 6:30 AM CST
Sandy,
If you can keep them in a South facing window or East/South facing position with good warmth, they may retain leaves. Even if they retain their leaves, this does not mean that they are not dormant. So watch watering of them. Only in Speing when you see them starting to put on new branch growth would you consider them actively growing.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 7, 2016 7:13 AM CST
Thanks, Rick! I do have a south-facing window that should work for them; and my plants all tend to be underwatered, so too much water shouldn't be a problem... Smiling
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 7, 2016 8:03 AM CST
I my hands here all of my Pachypodiums and Adenium obesum go dormant during the indoor season, despite keeping them sunny and warm. All start waking up somewhere in February.
When I see them slowing down, which is somewhere in October, I taper down watering. Those in the sunny greenhouse will get a spray over the top every so often. Essentially I don't want them to lose their roots, that's why I don't withold water completely, especially on my young Adenium obesum plants. My Pachypodiums will lose all their leaves, Adeniums keep some, but they don't look that perfect comes Spring.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 7, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Thanks for that additional info, Ursula! (I think I remember seeing a post where Ken said he got the seeds for these plants from you... so that would make my plants your babies Thumbs up )
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 7, 2016 5:04 PM CST
Ken did a wonderful job growing them! Thumbs up

As far as this parenting goes, the parents are sitting on my deck and one of them is still blooming.
Btw, I counted yesterday 10 small seed horns starting up......
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crystalview
Sep 7, 2016 7:08 PM CST
Ursula did you post a blooming pic?
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 7, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Yes!
Would you like me to pop the parents again into this thread?
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 7, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Ursula said:Yes!
Would you like me to pop the parents again into this thread?


Please do!! Smiling
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 7, 2016 8:22 PM CST
Ms. Sandy, I grew all those seedling Adenium in my solarium last fall/winter, and they did not drop leaves. I watered when the soil looked dry during those months. They did have gobs of light though, and constant air movement. They did begin to drop their lower leaves around February/March. They never stopped growing though.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 7, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Ok.
I have three plants. The first one used to be a really tall plant, I regularly cut it at eye height. A few years ago I almost lost this one, but I took cuttings and when they had rooted I popped them all together into one pot.
These pictures were from a few weeks ago.It has finished blooming and is now loaded with small seed horns.
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This little plant bloomed at the same time, Adenium multiflorum 'Mombasa'
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The third plant had blooms on it when the first two were blooming and it is still blooming now.
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And this week
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This happens pretty much every Summer that all three are more or less blooming at the same time.

Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 7, 2016 8:59 PM CST
drdawg said:Ms. Sandy, I grew all those seedling Adenium in my solarium last fall/winter, and they did not drop leaves. I watered when the soil looked dry during those months. They did have gobs of light though, and constant air movement. They did begin to drop their lower leaves around February/March. They never stopped growing though.


Thanks, Ken! I think mine should be pretty happy in the window where they will be residing, then.

OMG, Ursula -- those plants are so gorgeous... thank you for sharing the photos!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 8, 2016 6:33 AM CST
Gorgeous plants and flowers, Ursula. Those flowers are very similar to what I see on mine.

http://garden.org/pics/2016-09-08/Ursula/0ebace.jpg Ursula

Thumb of 2016-09-08/drdawg/1bbbac Ken

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 8, 2016 6:50 AM CST
What can I say, I like them very much! Smiling Lovey dubby

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