Adeniums forum: New here, with lots to learn ahead

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Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
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MamaIve12
Jun 27, 2012 9:07 AM CST
Hello,

My name is Ive and I live in sunny S. Florida. I am a beginner gardener, and considered until maybe about two years ago, the 'brown thumb' of my family. Rolling my eyes.
I have a small backyard and have been experimenting with various plants to see what fits... in the end, after many battles with nature (nature won most of the time), I have taken a liking to desert roses and plumerias, basically because they are pretty gorgeous on their own with not that much care. As much as I enjoy gardening I don't have the time I would love to have to really get into it.

Until a few weeks ago, I didn't realize how diverse the adeniums were. I am in awe, and want to learn more!
Here is a picture of my white one, sorry, I don't know the name of it. It's not entirely white, it has a tint of yellow at the center:


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I'm especially happy that this one is flowering again, since the rains from a few months ago almost drowned it. I had it in the wrong pot and with the wrong soil. Thankfully I learned a bit more reading about adenium care to know better now. *Blush*

Anyway... this one flowers almost constantly:


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And yes, I know I have to weed it (again). I know it's not too exotic, but I love seeing it full of flowers. Lately however, I've been battling the mites and the oleander caterpillars on it. Up till now, it had been basically pest free.

This double flower one (again, I'm not sure of the name), I got a couple of weeks ago in Homestead. It's because of the selection I saw on this particular nursery that I got interested in knowing more about other varieties of adeniums.


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And now that I found this forum in allthingsplants and I get to see the photos of your plant collections, I believe I am hooked! Smiling

Suggestions for this newbie, former brown thumb, are welcome.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Welcome! Ive, and you have some lovely plants already.
Please also visit our Plumeria forum!!

The white with yellow center is certainly considered exotic since that is a pretty rare color.
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
Jun 27, 2012 12:04 PM CST
Welcome! Hilarious! Ive, this is a great place for learning about Adenium, now we just have to get you twenty or thirty more and then you'll be a certified addict .

Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Jun 27, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Welcome! Have fun with these amazing plants, and this amazing group. I have just about given up on names, except for the 'classic' names, Double Santa Claus, New Yellow, Noble Concubine, Red Harry, because you can now grow wonderful colors, single and double, from seeds.

I am still trying to choose my thirty or forty favorites...
Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
Butterflies Container Gardener Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sempervivums Orchids
Plumerias Dragonflies Birds
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MamaIve12
Jun 27, 2012 12:59 PM CST
Hey Melissa, I think I've seen your posts on another adenium forum, but on yahoo groups. We bump into each other again, how cool is that? Green Grin!

I am thinking of getting young adenium seedlings, but I don't think I'm ready to raise from seed by myself. But when I feel confident enough, I now know where to ask!

Jim, I'm getting the bug, and that's not good. Since I've slowly becoming more successful at keeping my plants alive, I'm exploring the possibility of expanding my collection. I'm clearing a section of my tiny backyard to have space. Hubby is rolling his eyes already with my explosion of gardening projects. Rolling on the floor laughing


Gardening is cheaper than therapy!
Boricua in Florida, I guess that makes me a Floridicua!

mocropot
Jun 27, 2012 2:04 PM CST
Welcome! Hi Ive, I would need to agree with Jim, we need to get you more plants. I am going up , there is no space on my tiny back yard any more. I have a seed pod on one of my plants. Once it is ready I can send you some seeds to practice LOL Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Jun 27, 2012 3:32 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! How did you fair with Debby?? Got some rain here in my part of the panhandle, but nothing at all like some folks. You will love it here at ATP...very friendly and helpful group. Again Welcome! and enjoy
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Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
Butterflies Container Gardener Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sempervivums Orchids
Plumerias Dragonflies Birds
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MamaIve12
Jun 27, 2012 4:57 PM CST
Mocropot, I think I'm getting addicted. I just got these in the mail today:

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I got them from Ebay, a lady in Pennsylvania was offering them. One of them is supposed to be magenta in color, the other orange. Even if they don't turn out to be those exact same colors, I've never 'raised' a desert rose plant so small. Let the adventure begin! And if you share a couple of seeds with me when the time is right, I will dare to plant them and see what happens!!!! nodding

Gingin, we had rain over the weekend, but nothing major. Thanks for the warm welcome everybody! Be patient with me, because I will have lots of questions.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2012 6:03 PM CST
Ive those are adorable!
I am assuming they were grown from seed with the color you indicated; they may not necessarily be the same color blooms as the parent plant, just so you know...
Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
Butterflies Container Gardener Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sempervivums Orchids
Plumerias Dragonflies Birds
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MamaIve12
Jun 27, 2012 6:36 PM CST
Yep, I am subscribed to a list serve that warned as much... but since I consider this a learning process, even if they don't turn out to be the specified color, I'd be just as happy if I get to raise a healthy plant. Smiling
Gardening is cheaper than therapy!
Boricua in Florida, I guess that makes me a Floridicua!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2012 6:54 PM CST
The right attitude Thumbs up
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
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chefmike92
Jun 27, 2012 7:39 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Ivy how i missed this thread before i dont know.....you have a great collection and i am so excited to watch your garden grow as you add to it...because im sorry to tell you if you have been on yahoo groups and now on this great site and with the plants you have showed and spoke about well you know what they say the first step is to admit it....

Hello ive my name is Mike and im a plant addict. the thing that get me in trouble are adeniums and plumeria i cant quit. anyone know of like a plumeria pach or adenium gum i cant kick the addiction...... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

all kidding aside as you can see we are one big (addicted) family and some of the best knoledge you can find i see all the greatest people posted before me!!!

mike

off to my sales nodding nodding

Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
Butterflies Container Gardener Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sempervivums Orchids
Plumerias Dragonflies Birds
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MamaIve12
Jun 28, 2012 9:40 AM CST
Hubby cleared a good chunk of our backyard that was overtaken by my two passion vines. He tried to make me promise I will never purchase another passion vine. Rolling on the floor laughing

I made no promises, but I did say that only that if I got passion vines again (and yes I will), I was going to faithfully train them to a trellis instead of letting them go up and down our 20 ft palm tree. Green Grin! It wasn't ideal, but the palm tree looked like a Christmas tree with all those red flowers. Very pretty, but of course, almost jungle like.

At any rate, that whole corner is cleared now so now I have space to fill with my new plant obsessions. Hurray!
Gardening is cheaper than therapy!
Boricua in Florida, I guess that makes me a Floridicua!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jun 28, 2012 9:42 AM CST
New space is awesome!! Hurray!
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
Amaryllis Region: Florida Region: United States of America Roses
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chefmike92
Jun 28, 2012 9:59 AM CST
wow wish i know i could root those vines id love to have them on my fence

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jun 28, 2012 11:19 AM CST
Mike - be careful what you wish for.... Hilarious!
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
Charter ATP Member
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coconut
Jun 28, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Orange???? Ive, so sorry, there is no orange Adenium. Yet, anyway. The Thai breeders are struggling to make orange, but they just have yellow spattered with red, so far. They might eventually succeed. In Thailand, you can hire help for two or three dollars a day. I've seen photos of Adenium seedlings stretching off into the distance, thousands and thousands of plants. Like football fields filled with little plants. THEY are the guys who are addicted! Hilarious!

And please don't buy a blue! No such thing. There are many dirty rotten liars selling Adeniums, sad to say.

Can't wait to see your new plants grow and thrive!
Name: Ive
Florida (Zone 10b)
Butterflies Container Gardener Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Sempervivums Orchids
Plumerias Dragonflies Birds
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MamaIve12
Jun 28, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Hi Melissa, I saw the photo available on E-bay, and you're right, it's more yellow splattered with red than actual orange. I bought them to try my hand at raising them from seedlings. They weren't expensive and the actual little plants arrived in good condition. So far, all is good. ;)
Gardening is cheaper than therapy!
Boricua in Florida, I guess that makes me a Floridicua!
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
Amaryllis Region: Florida Region: United States of America Roses
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chefmike92
Jun 28, 2012 1:53 PM CST
Adding to what Melissa said i have ordered from siam adeniums and there hook is they can show you fantastic breeds but most of those are not for sale for 1-3 years until they get bigger mother plants to take cuttings off of to graft and then they run like 50-60 per plant plus shipping. so many show pics of real flowers that do exists but not for sale and they sell you small tiny plants that will take 2-4 years to bloom and you got nothing to fall back on.


best of luck with yours with seedlings there is NO WAY of telling what your going to get...Yes I said NO WAY of telling your final plant..


mike
Name: JT Sessions
Milton,Fl.
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gone2seed
Jun 28, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Mr Ko is a good one to buy seed from on Ebay.I don't know if he is selling right now or not.Melissa???
I get over 90% germination from Ko's seed and less than 50% from some of the others.

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