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Name: Stu Hofwijks
Suriname, Paramaribo
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StuHof
Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM CST
Hi, my climate is tropical with full sun 35 degrees C and rain. (Paramaribo, Suriname, South America).
i'am growing adeniums for tree years now and now i'am trying some other succulents too. I have five pseudobombax ellipticum seedlings growing from seeds, one month old. I want to repot them into individuals pots but I don't know if i'am too early to do that. A lot of roots were damaged, will they survive? Any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2017 6:24 PM CST
I don't grow the lovely Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) but your little plants appear to have enough roots to be potted up on their own; just use small containers for each plant until they've reached a good size and then they can be moved up to larger pots.
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Name: Stu Hofwijks
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StuHof
Nov 29, 2017 5:19 AM CST
plantladylin, Thank you.
should i trim the leaves before potted them up?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 29, 2017 7:26 AM CST
StuHof, I'm really not sure but I wouldn't think so ... the leaves are quite far up the stems and you don't want to plant them that deep in the soil. I'd just pot them at the same level they were in the combined pot with current leaves intact.

Hopefully others will pop in with suggestions and tips.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 29, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Mine goes dormant in January or February - the leaves are already yellowing. I would think that your Pseudobombax ellipticum would also choose a time of year to go dormant. I would have waited until just before the leaves started growing again in the spring before I attempted to repot.

But it looks like it is too late for that as they are already uprooted. Its hard to say how this project will turn out for you. If you decide to try growing Pseudobombax again, I would give each seed its own little pot then transplanting such tiny plants wouldn't be necessary.

Keep us posted on how they do.
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Name: Stu Hofwijks
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StuHof
Nov 29, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Thank you DaisyI.
We don't have spring here, only sun and rain. I have transplanted them today.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 29, 2017 6:32 PM CST
I hope they do well for you. I've thought about finding seeds a couple times to try my hand at them - my plant was already about 2 ft tall when I got it 40 years ago. Now its 4 or 5 ft tall but I prune it. The cuttings root easily so a lot of my frients have "Faux Bobs". (My daughter's name for them and it is easier to say than Pseudobombax ellipticum. Smiling )

Did you harvest your own seeds or buy them someplace?
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Name: Stu Hofwijks
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StuHof
Nov 29, 2017 7:26 PM CST
I bought them by CSSA together with others seeds but only pseudobombax ellipticum and pachypodium lamereii germinated.
Can I please see a recent picture from the tree?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 2, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Hi Stu,

I am attaching a couple photos of Faux Bob. Its hard to get a good photo because so much is in the way (including Bob's own leaves). For reference, its in a 13 inch pot and that's regular sized oxalis around the trunk. I have managed to keep it small with pruning and because of the small pot.
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Name: Stu Hofwijks
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StuHof
Dec 3, 2017 8:41 AM CST
DaisyI .Thank you for the pics.
Is the pot not too small for it?
A few lower leaves from the seedlings has turn yellow and I removremoved the yellow leaves.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 3, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Yes, the pot is too small but I want to keep the tree small. Its sort of a bonsai Faux Bob.

Don't overwater your little ones - even at this age, they are storing moisture in the trunks. The only water mine ever gets is from splash from watering the orhids. Keep them on the drier side.

Have you ever owned a Pseudobombax before? Maybe your's are going dormant. They will go dormant on schedule no matter what the weather.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Stu Hofwijks
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StuHof
Dec 3, 2017 1:24 PM CST
No, this is my first time. I have just transplanted them a week ago. They are one month
and two weeks old.

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