Adeniums forum: Adenium Babies

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Name: Ronda Ramsey
Seattle (Zone 7b)
rahonda_1
Jun 2, 2017 11:01 AM CST
I have searched the internet, but can't seem to find anything, so I am hoping someone here can help.
Back-story:
I stumbled across adeniums about 6 months ago and fell in love. I ordered some seeds from Thailand, (~6 different kinds) thinking maybe I would get 5 or so to grow, if I were lucky. I don't have a greenhouse, but my dining room was suddenly taken over by heaters and trays. Next thing I know I have 78 adenium babies!! I am so excited!

Troubles:
I have transplanted about 50 to their own container, leaving about 25 to grow a little longer. A few had some yellow leaves (I decided I over-watered), but they are still thriving. I am a bonsai nut, so I want a big caudex, with the tangled root system.

Help!
When should I prune? Should I snip the apex off? Do I combine two or three plants? I have seen this done (on YouTube), but have no idea where to go from here. My babies have anywhere from 2 leaves to 8 (depending on kind). Has anyone here wired an adenium, or trained up roots?

I love these little guys! They are so cute and chubby! I just don't want to kill them!
Thank you for any help you can give.
Thank You!
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Jun 3, 2017 3:02 PM CST
Hurray! 78 little babies! You will have enough to do lots of experimenting. Did you order from Ko? I will post some pics of different experiments I have been up to with mine. I save some of the best looking caudexes to leave to their own natural growth and started messing around with less than stellar performers.
A super awesome member sent me some seeds last year that are a little over a year now and have started around 200 seeds this year from KO on ebay. I found on clearance some adeniums last year that had really nice mass under the soil line and have just completed a few grafts to them of some named varieties. I goofed on a few before I got it right. They are such a fun plant to play with at any age with so many possibilities for bonsai forms. I'll bust out the camera in a bit and show some of mine.
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
Organic Gardener Keeper of Poultry Keeps Horses Butterflies Hummingbirder Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Esperanza
Jun 3, 2017 4:06 PM CST
O.k. got you a few photos.

This first one is two grafted together runt plants twisted together. I used super glue and it has busted but graft still holding in small area for now.

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There are some that no matter what I did with pruning back do not want to branch out and some that do. These next two pictures are my frustrated(I am sure they are also!) try at different ideas.




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These are my latest grafts that have taken Hurray!

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oops.. I almost forgot a seedling pic



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