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I will admit right here that my first attempt at grafting was a complete failure. Only one of twelve grafts survived and grew. It was almost enough to make me give up. What kept me trying was a couple of chance natural grafts that live on one of my plant benches. If these two could be secure grafts without any help from anyone, then surely I could get two pieces of adenium to grow together. My second attempt went somewhat better with nine of twelve succeeding. This will be my third try.
Jul 28, 2010 8:20 AM CST
|I have two Desert Rose that are different colors. Can I take a few limbs from one and put on the other so they have multi-color blooms on the same plant? I think this would look great and save me some space!|
Jul 28, 2010 12:37 PM CST
|Yes,that will graft just like any other.BUT,try to pick two that bloom at the same time or you will still have only one color at a time.|
Jul 28, 2010 1:00 PM CST
|Awesome. I think it would be neat to also make one that blooms longer by grafting different stems of plants that bloom at different times. LOL.|
Name: Jim Cook
Jul 31, 2010 4:47 AM CST
|J.T. I just posted on the Adenium cubit asking Brian to show step by step the grafting process, then I bumped on to this cubit, great work and you've answered my questions. I am wondering if it's possible to graft mine that are in the ground and exposed all day to hot Florida sun? I think if I covered them with a plastic bag the heat would fry them. Hey Clint, great to see you, haven't seen you around for quite a while.|
Name: Jim Cook
Jul 31, 2010 6:43 AM CST
|Another silly question, every thing I read about grafting adeniums shows the graft at the caudex, is it possible to graft a branch to another Branch of a different plant. I'm thinking of one I call long tall sally, it's about 5 foot tall Just above my bird bath, I'd like to cut off the top and graft several branches at the top, my problem is going to be it's right out in the hot sun, no way to shade or protect a graft! I'm thinking maybe using black plastic around the graft but am wondering if the plastic would get too hot. Any solutions for me?|
here is her picture, I want to lop off the top so it's just a stick, then graft several different ones at the top of the cut.
Jul 31, 2010 7:20 AM CST
|You could construct a wood frame or something similar and put shade cloth over the top if you wanted to. I've heard others say they sat a lawn chair over their plants, but your plant could be too tall for that.|
Glad to see you on here, too. I've been working so much outside that I've been unable to post as much. I have too many Desert Rose plants. I planted seeds and they are getting huge under the grow light. They really like those!
Name: Jim Cook
Jul 31, 2010 7:34 AM CST
|Just curious Clint, are you going to try one or two outside in the earth just to see if they can survive a winter? I guess I could try cutting my tall one a lot shorter so some thing would fit over it. I'm going to wait and see if I get any other ideas from J.T. or Brian b-4 I make any drastic moves.|
Jul 31, 2010 7:36 AM CST
|I might try one outside. Our winters get pretty cold. It would be interesting to see what would happen. Good idea!|
Jul 31, 2010 8:23 AM CST
|Jim,I really don't know the answer to your question about the danger of grafting outside.|
I will say that plastic is never a good idea where bright sunshine is a factor.
Now,and all the following is guesswork,I would not hesitate to try what you want to do.
Provide some shade if you can and I also think this might be a good place to use grafting wax or beeswax to seal the graft union and prevent moisture loss.Go for it.Worst case you end up with a shorter plant.