Adeniums forum: I want additional branches. Do I have to prune the plant?

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ayuyo
Apr 5, 2017 11:51 PM CST
Hi,

I live in Bangkok.
I have my Adenium on my balcony, getting approx. 4hrs of sun every day.
Only one branch keeps growing, there are two more branches at the bottom, but they dont grow.
I don't really want the one big branch grow longer and longer. I want several branches.
Shall I cut the main branch? Where?
Or will additional branches come sooner or later?
Also, until today, I did not have any flowers.

Thanks!
Clemens
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Name: Rick
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RCanada
Apr 14, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Clemens, You live in a climate that is wonderful for growing these and a year round growing ability.
If you want to get more branching. I would prune it down to an inch about where the old cut was made. Leaving a few old leaf scars (nodes) on the branch so that new branches can form. You want a few nodes on the outer edge of cut branch and/or sides, but not coming into the center. These would just cross over you other branches. Rub any nodes off if they grow in that direction off.
If you can rotate the plant every couple days if it is not in an area where it is getting sun from all around it.
Rick
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 3:16 PM CST
I would do as Rick said I agree

It would also help later to position your plant to more sun. It can take it, really loves as much as it can! I get my blooms here towards summer and sometimes while it is dormant in winter. In both situations it is receiving as much light and warmth it can have.
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ayuyo
Apr 20, 2017 6:18 AM CST
Hello Rick,

Thanks! I have pruned the Adenium, and few days later, I had already two nodes.
See photo attached.
So would you remove them and wait until nodes appear at a lower spot?



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Name: Rick
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8a)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Hellebores Adeniums Peonies Plumerias
Dog Lover Hibiscus Region: Canadian Tropicals Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents
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RCanada
Apr 24, 2017 8:08 AM CST
ayuyo,
That is great to have such good response. Actually it would be nice to get nodes and/or new branches coming lower down, on the right side (looking at Photo) close to where the two branches are on the left. This would make a nice shape later for you. Either rub the upper nodes off or give it a small prune on a 45 degree angle, just above the nodes you see on the right hand side of the branch. Cut ( / like this with nodes on right side of angle).
I hope this helps.
Rick
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