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Feb 10, 2016 6:37 PM CST
|This tree that had its tap root cut at age 6 weeks was up-potted from a 5" pot to an 8" panterra bowl last May. It has since outgrown its container and has distorted its pot.|
Excavated and some media brushed off.
Now up-potted into a 10" bulb pot after fine roots were trimmed off to the new level of media:
Now the following trees did not have tap root cut and was up-potted today:
The trees are all approximately the same age. I like both forms that result from cut vs. uncut.
Feb 10, 2016 7:30 PM CST
|KD, in your area, what month do you do the tap root cut?|
Feb 10, 2016 7:42 PM CST
|Those above were from my very first time growing adeniums from seeds in Aug. 2014, a year and a half ago. I am getting ready to transplant and cut tap roots of recently grown seedlings. So really, I'm still learning as far as best time of year for doing things with adenium seedlings in my area.|
Feb 11, 2016 1:51 AM CST
|I must really admit that the first one is more impressive. Wow what a big stem. Great. |
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Feb 11, 2016 10:11 AM CST
|Thanks, Willeke! The roots extending from the caudex are fun to watch grow and develop. Each and every one is distinctive from the other. Even after lifting, the roots will continue to grow bigger and the shape/form will change a little bit.|
Feb 11, 2016 1:34 PM CST
|It sure must be fun to see them grow. Look forward to the moment that I am able to do the taproot cut on my little ones. I hope my heating wIll soon be placed in my greenhouse. |
Than I can transfer them.
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Feb 13, 2016 10:48 AM CST
|Where and what do I cut lol? I have one that doesn't look like it's grown..|
Feb 13, 2016 11:09 AM CST
|Mark, here's an illustration that shows a cut line:|
I cut my tap root higher up and closer to the first set of fine roots.
Willeke provided the link where this photo is located:
Adeniumgirl said:You should read this blog.
Feb 16, 2016 8:48 AM CST
|Thank you! Now, is this a good time of year to cut? How old of a plant does it have to be? I have a very small one and a grown one...would love to try it. Out on the small one..|
Feb 16, 2016 12:32 PM CST
|You're welcome, Mark! I looked at the weather forecast for San Diego and it seems to be okay for cutting roots at this time. |
To get the fat caudex/root extensions, I cut the tap root when my seedlings were between 6 to 8 weeks old and had 5 to 6 sets of true leaves. But then, my weather makes the seedlings grow faster so perhaps for your climate or situation, older than 8 weeks would probably be okay.
Here's a couple of trees that I had cut the tap roots around 4 to 5 months old.
The following is an example of root growth after cutting off all the roots. I think it was 5 months old at the time I sliced off at the widest part of the caudex.
If I had wanted to I could have trained the roots to look like this one (not mine)...too much work.
Feb 16, 2016 12:57 PM CST
|Love looking at those happy roots!|
Feb 16, 2016 7:18 PM CST
tarev said:Love looking at those happy roots!
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Feb 16, 2016 7:32 PM CST
| for this thread and the linked article. I'm so excited to start my Adenium adventure in the next few weeks when I move my seedlings from the seedling tray to pots. |
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Feb 16, 2016 11:36 PM CST
|Gerald, you are going to have lots of fun! Adeniums are so amazing!|
Feb 17, 2016 8:54 AM CST
|Here's my smallest one...and the bigger one..|
Feb 17, 2016 1:44 PM CST
|The little one's caudex is nice and fat and the multiple stems coming out of the top looks great.|
Mark, if this were mine I would cut the tap root at just below the two feeder roots that I can see in the photo. Also trim the feeder root to about 2 inches from the base. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder, including the feeder roots and 1/2 inch up the base. Plant in moist media in 5" pot spreading the feeder roots and bottom water the pot. Leave in bright shade away from direct sunlight for about 2 weeks. If the media should look and feel dry then you could water again. Gradually introduce the tree to direct sunlight for about a week, then full sun. Apply a liquid starter solution weekly for two weeks.
If you need further info or clarification, please do let me know...glad to help!
Feb 17, 2016 5:30 PM CST
|You said to "DIP" the cut end...but dip it in what lol? Thanks again!|
Feb 17, 2016 5:38 PM CST
|Oops! Dip into rooting hormone powder. Will edit my post to include it.|
Feb 17, 2016 5:43 PM CST
It will take about 2 months for new roots to become firmly established, then the tree will "take off." I look forward to seeing your tree's blooms!