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Growing Adenium Plants

By drdawg
March 3, 2016

Although the Adenium ("Desert Rose") has all the looks of a succulent, with a water-reservoir trunk and root form, it is not grown the same way as a typical succulent.

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Mar 4, 2016 12:58 PM CST
Name: Patty
Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Hi Ken,

Where do you get the seeds for these?

Can they grow from cuttings?

I was told at one of the plant sales here that if you want to get really interesting caudex-forms,... periodically (I think like once or twice a year) you 'wiggle' the plant upward an inch or two, then push the potting medium downward to re-pack it, leaving some of the upper root parts and the lower part of the caudex exposed where it will 'harden' and start creating interesting forms. (Haven't tried it, but the grower who told me how to do it had a bunch with very unique looking caudex's.
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Mar 4, 2016 1:09 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Patty, @Ursula donated those seeds. These seedlings are my first go 'round growing adeniums. Needless to say, I would be the last person to ask about rooting cuttings or establishing large/unusual caudices. My only experience is in growing from seed and then potting and up-potting those seedlings. There are some folks who know what they are talking about when it comes to growing/propagating adeniums. Go to the "Adeniums" forum and you'll see lots of informative comments there.
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

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Mar 4, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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I still have lots of seeds from a couple of seed horns which opened during the middle of December.....
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Mar 8, 2016 10:54 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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I have 6 seedlings doing really nice myself - A. obesum -- Just started them in January 26.
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Mar 28, 2016 2:05 AM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Ursula said:I still have lots of seeds from a couple of seed horns which opened during the middle of December.....


Hi I would love to try to grow some from seed. Would you be willing to sell me some seeds? If so please send me a t-mail with a price thank you so much. Donna
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Mar 28, 2016 6:29 AM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Orchids Plumerias Cactus and Succulents Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers
Greenhouse Ponds Keeper of Koi Forum moderator Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Adeniums
Suga, I am sorry, but they are all gone.
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Mar 28, 2016 7:48 AM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Ok thanks anyway!! Just thought I would ask Thank You!
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