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Apr 8, 2018 3:31 PM CST
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Name: Gabe Cheavers
Southern Arizona (Zone 9b)
I recently purchased an Adenium Fatguy a month ago (it was greenhouse grown) and it has not sprouted leaves for the season. My swazicum and my thai soco have already. Should I bring it inside or leave it outside? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 8, 2018 5:14 PM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Wow Gabe! I had to look it up!I have about 2 dozen adeniums, (all from seed) only pleased with the performance of about two of them, and I've had them for several years, but I am up North, so I have to keep them going under lights in my basement for about eight months of the year. But, back to you. Were there leaves on it when you purchased it? Can you ask the Supplier about it? Hard to comment without a picture. In my experience, I usually over water them. Would you say that it has lost leaves, or not grown any new ones?
Apr 8, 2018 7:49 PM CST
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Name: Gabe Cheavers
Southern Arizona (Zone 9b)
The middle one is the fatguy.
It was dormant when I purchased it and it hasn't had a leaf at all.
I 99% sure it was grown from seed because it does have a caudex but there is that 1%.
I can try to get in contact with the supplier I can drive down there next weekend but I just wanted to know if there was anyone in this community that had any answers.

Should I have the swazicum in direct light like I have the Thai, or because its younger have it somewhere else?

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Here is a picture of the FatGuy by himself.
If you look closely you can see sap that has dripped from it. I am wondering if it is alive or in
the process of kicking the bucket.

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Apr 15, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Name: Rick
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8a)
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Gabe, They can all be outside and will grow best outside as long as temperatures are above 60F.
I see that you are in S. Arizona. A few acquaintances from Arizona have theirs outside all year round. If temperatures at night get low, then they have in greenhouse or bring inside. Often they have to keep theirs during the extremely hot weather they have to have them under shade cloth or close to trees that will give filtered sunlight during the hottest hours of the the day.
They can take high temperatures, but with good humidity. If it is dry heat, then better in filtered sunlight. Also, their watering needs will have to be increased if they dry out within a day or so.
If you plants have been out of direct sunlight, then make sure to slowly introduce them to the sunlight. The leaves will and can burn if left out too long when not acclimatized to the sunlight. The Caudex (the trunk/girth) of the plants can also burn if not acclimatized.
Your Fatguy looks fine and the sap may have been from the leaves broken off, but it will regrow new leaves. Looks as thought it is in a dormant state right now, that is why it has not leaves.
The A. swazicums are beautiful and have exceptionally nice single blooms.
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