Adeniums forum: Purple Double Troubles

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Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 9, 2013 5:58 PM CST
I am growing a double purple that came from the co-op and could use some help with it. It has a branch growing from the caudex that is blooming single pink and white flowers. The grafted branch is a very nice double purple. I am wondering if I should cut off the single blooming branch? Is there a special way to do it so it won't grow back? Would it be best to wait until the double branch is done blooming? The plant is going to be rather ugly without the single branch. Is there a way I can get it to branch out more and look better? I am fairly new to growing adenium, although I do have one that has lived a number of years inspite of my poor care.

Here is the plant with the two types of blooms.
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Here is the double bloomThumb of 2013-07-09/stilldew/8ef067
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 9, 2013 6:26 PM CST
I personally like the look of two different flowers on one plant, but you can cut the extra branch off anytime - just cut it flush with the caudex. Maybe put some cinnamon on it to keep it from rotting.
After your Double Purple blooms are done, I would cut the branch about 2/3 down and it will then start branching.
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RobertB
Jul 9, 2013 9:31 PM CST
I agree cinnamon!! One thing I have found about the grafted adeniums the host root stock constantly wants to sprout new growth, so I have a ritual of pinching the caudex clean.
That is a nice double!
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 10, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Thanks. I hate to cut it back, but think in the long run it will end up better looking.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 10, 2013 9:01 AM CST
That's exactly it. For a while it doesn't look very nice but then afterwards you'll be glad you did it.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 10, 2013 12:33 PM CST
I got several of those plants and they all are trying to play giraffe. (just growing up and up and up)

I keep wanting to try grafting onto--into a caudex to get more branches. Someone over in the Yahoo group drills holes in a caudex and sticks a branch in and it takes sometimes. She said if it doesn't grow, you just have a hole in your caudex.

Hum, those pesky unwanted rootstock branches could be used to graft a bit of the top that you want--??
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 10, 2013 9:07 PM CST
So if I cut the single flowering branch and left a stump, I could graft a piece of the double top stem that I cut off onto the stump?
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 15, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Yup. Be sure to leave enough 'stump' to try again if the graft doesn't take. Both plants should be well fed and watered at the time. But not watered to rotting point.
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jul 15, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Thanks!

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