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Sep 11, 2016 2:17 PM CST
|I have a Desert Rose (just recently identified it)..I've had for 14 years. Obviously I've done something right to have it so long, but I have never really pruned it and I'm not sure if the soil and roots are as healthy as they should be. What should I do as Fall/Winter approaches, when the plant starts to go dormant? |
Sep 11, 2016 2:30 PM CST
|Hello, Ang! to NGA. I live in a tropical climate where it never gets colder than 70F, but there are other adenium aficionados here that will be able to help answer your question. To name a few...|
Sep 11, 2016 3:19 PM CST
|Welcome to NGA, Ang! |
Like you stated, you must be doing something right. Where are you located? What zone do you live in?
As far as pruning, I would wait until spring, if it were me. How/where do you normally over-winter it?
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Sep 11, 2016 7:48 PM CST
|Welcome to NGA, @Ang !|
There are lots of people on this site that grow Adeniums ... in fact, there is an entire forum devoted to them! http://garden.org/forums/view/...
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Sep 13, 2016 3:27 PM CST
|Hi and welcome. Has this bloomed for you? Nice size. Once we know where you live and usually do for winter. We would love to make suggestions. What do you fertilize it with? Looks like you have some nice root action underground do you plan on lifting it too? Fall Is really not the time to trim it. We shape, graft and many other things to it when it is in active growing phase come Spring. Some of us have already closed down and won't really be doing anything till Spring. There are a few folks who have a few more months. |
Trimming means more branches and more blooms.
Sep 16, 2016 9:51 AM CST
|Hello Ang, once my Adenium starts dropping its leaves, it is showing me dormancy time, so I just bring it in, and let it rest. It is a matured one, so it is just ready to sleep off the cold season. But we are still getting a wild swing of temps here, so I watch the overnight temps, once it nears the low 50's I prepare it for indoors, greater watering intervals to none. I do use insecticidal soap spray, before I bring it in, to make sure no critters on board, spraying any left over leaves topside and underside.|
Each grower does differently, but I prefer to respect its dormancy and it comes back nicely in Spring, sometimes a tad slow, just depends on the ambiant temps. I would do any pruning in late winter to early Spring.
Sep 16, 2016 6:42 PM CST
|tarev are temps are all over the place. I don't think will have a last heat wave that we are know for. I want to take advantage of the sun while we have. Yes the temps are getting low. I was 44 two nights ago but am now 65 the rest of the weekend or so.|