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Growing Adenium Plants

By drdawg
March 3, 2016

Although the Adenium ("Desert Rose") has all the looks of a succulent, with a water-reservoir trunk and root form, it is not grown the same way as a typical succulent.

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Apr 20, 2020 4:25 AM CST

Hi all, I am very new to gardening but fell in love with adeniums from first sight. Anybody had experience of growing multiple adeniums in one pot? I have three little shoots, but it says on few websites that it should be one plant per pot...
I could not find adenium plant anywhere, so decided to grow it from seed. After initial research, I had an imression that it is very difficult to grow from seed. So I planted 3 seeds hoping that at least one of them will be successful and all of them came out! But as I need just one plant, I am not sure what to do with the other two baby plants, do not want to throw them away Sad hence was thinking if I can grow all three of them in one pot?

Thanks for your help in advance!
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Apr 20, 2020 5:22 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
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There is absolutely nothing wrong, growing three small plants in a single pot. You just want to be sure the pot is adequate size to afford their growth for a year or two and be very careful to use very well draining soil and plenty of drain holes in the pot so that the potting soil never gets soggy.

Now, that's the easy part, the first couple of years. There will come a time that these cute, little, fat-caudex, plants will get large. They'll begin to crowd each other in that pot. You could increase the size of the pot, but still, this would have to be done every few years. At some point, just so that the pot isn't getting huge, you'll want to separate these plants, each having their own pot. Desert Rose (Adenium) plants do best in full sun and they won't take cold or frost.

Here's an example of what you might expect, given enough DECADES of growing. Whistling

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Those two pots you see are 26" in diameter and the caudices of these two plants fill those pots.
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Apr 20, 2020 1:04 PM CST
Name: tarev
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You may grow them while young in one container wide enough and shallow...but in time, you will still have to separate them since these plants grows a big caudex eventually and at times it is below soil level. In an individual container with drain holes, it will be easier as well to control moisture.

Not all of us have ideal environments for them to grow in, so just need to tweak some aspects. But if you can, why not just separate them from day one, it will help you understand their growth pattern much better and will lessen the hassle of separating them later on.

You have to remember too while they are younger they may need more watering but still using a well draining, gritty media, so it does not sit in wet media far longer than needed. Then depending on your location, once it starts going cooler, it will naturally slow down in growth typically towards late Fall to early Spring. It will wake up again when conditions starts warming up and light levels getting stronger. When it is in somewhat dormant stage, little to no watering is being observed.
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