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Hong Kong
Aug 22, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Hi all,
I bought Adenia fruticosa and grow it myself since last year. In last year, it's shape seems to what I shown below and only have around 7 cm high only.
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However, it grows and become very tall without thickening of its trunk as shown below. It's height is around 8 times taller in one year's time.
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Could you mind teach me how to thicken its trunk and stop it from growing vertically please?


Name: Anne
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Aug 22, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Hi Nelson - your Adenia fruticosa is a vine so it will continue to grow tall. You can prune it to slow it down but it won't stop it - if you keep pruning it the fat part, known as a caudex will form faster. You might want to cut off about 2/3's of the growth.

It also likes a lot of sun and you should let the soil dry out before watering it again.

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Aug 22, 2017 9:28 AM CST
That is how the plant normally grows. How much light does it get?
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Hong Kong
Aug 22, 2017 9:50 AM CST
thanks, I grow it on the balcony and so it will receive a lot of sunlight.
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Aug 22, 2017 10:10 AM CST
I would prune that down, reduce container size and try to see the root zone, at times it shows the caudex formation below soil line.
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