I am brand new to this and I love all of these stories. I had no idea the variation and the complexities of the adeniums. I am hooked now too. I grew up in Maryland (east coast of U.S.). My mother was always trying to raise orchids, plumeria, and DESERT ROSES. She had one desert rose that had a huge caudex. It would flower every year. I admired it, but I was enamored by her orchid variety. I always thought adeniums only came in pink and red.
After I moved to Hawaii, I purchased my very first adenium seedling for $1 from a church about 3 years ago (?) I didn't do much with it other than repot it once. I have otherwise neglected it!!! It gave me blooms each year, but I will admit, I took it for granted.
I noticed last week that it was outgrowing its pot and it had mealybugs. Not knowing much, I chopped off the branches, sealed the cuts with candle wax. While I was googling ways to repot it, I found this site AND the photos posted by Rainbow Kadie and several other members!!! I saw the beautiful colors, varieties, thick caudexes. I started going on youtube and viewing the tutorials. I then decided to order a bunch of seeds because I got so excited. I hope I get what I ordered! I'm awaiting their arrival.
Thank you every one of you who posts pictures, questions, answers, stories, etc. I have been reading on this forum and going on Youtube day and night. My kids tell me I'm a little obsessed
I am learning so much from all of you.