Adeniums forum: Length of dormancy period?

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 29, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Is there a prescribed length of time for an adenium to remain dormant? I rescued a sad plant a few months ago and first, during an unexpected and extended rainy period when I was away from home, it stayed too wet, the caudex actually split, so I brought it indoors to dry out. Between the air conditioner which quickly provided a cooler temp and the significantly dryer air it is going dormant. Although our weather has been unusually mild, I will keep it indoors now until mid February. However, it needs pruning and repotting. Should I just let it stay dormant with occasional light watering and repot/prune in the spring or can I do that as soon as it is completely dormant? Half of me says the right thing is to wait and the other half wants it up and ready to go by spring.
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Name: Rick
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RCanada
Nov 29, 2015 10:11 AM CST
Alice, I would keep it as is and just give it a little bit of water when dry. It will most likely not do much until spring and then when you see it pushing new growth. Pot it up into new soil mix. It will recover quicker when active.
Rick
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 29, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Sighing! , I knew that would be the correct way to handle it but I thought I would give it a try. Thanks Rick.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 29, 2015 2:20 PM CST
Rick, perhaps you have answered this question previously, and if so, I apologize. Do adeniums have to go dormant? My growing conditions have changed pretty significantly and thus far, I see no indication of dormancy.
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Name: Rick
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RCanada
Nov 29, 2015 3:25 PM CST
Ken, If they are seedlings, it is best if you can keep them growing throughout their first winter. Of course this is different for anyone growing them in a climate where they are kept outside all year.
Most of the adeniums have an obligate dormancy period, but the obesum does not necessarily. If I can keep mine in leaf all winter, that is great. Sometimes they retain leaves, but do not put on new growth. If they do dormant, then this is meant to be. That is the way I look at it now.
Rick
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Nov 29, 2015 3:41 PM CST
I think this one was shocked into dormancy by my bringing it inside but the rain just wouldn't stop and it needed to dry out. I usually don't bring any plants indoors while the AC is still on but summer hasn't stopped this year either. Every time we have a coolish day and I think it is finally fall it turns around and is 78 the next day.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 29, 2015 4:01 PM CST
Thanks, guys. I'll just keep mine in leaf then. They are all still in their first year.
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