Desert Rose / Adenium

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Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  BonsaiEejit on Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:07 am

Hi all

I've found a tiny (cheap) Adenium hiding in the corner of a DIY / home store here in England.

Although it's the wrong time of year to re-pot, the original pot had not drainage holes and had horrible substrate so I took a chance and put it some good bonsai soil and in an over-sized training pot to encourage plenty of growth. The pot is probably too big at this stage but I believe that the Adenium doesn't need to be re-potted all that often and I wanted to give it plenty of room to breathe.

It was originally in a dark corner within the store, so I've given it a few weeks outside but in the shade. It's now in a sunny corner in the garden and growth is already looking strong.

However, are there anyone reading this that has had experience with the Adenium bonsai...ideally from England (or zone 7-Cool? How do you tackle winter conditions? I believe that watering is very in-frequent but there should be some humidity at least and ideally over 10 degrees C. Somehow, I don't think I will be able to offer the plant such a high temperature when it's at home without any central heating on. I'm not one to use lights (expensive and I'm paranoid about fire-risk while I'm not there).

Any advice would be welcome. Below is a picture of it bare-rooted while re-potting and also in it's new home. The top has unfortunantly been trimmed but it is a bit of an experiment anyway. If I don't kill it, I will find a another that will grow into a more impressive specimen.





Thanks...

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  leatherback on Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:21 pm

Adeniums hate cold wet feet. I would reduce the pot to maybe 1/10 of the current size, otherwise the substrate will stay wet WAY too long. Certainly in the UK; not know for long dry spells Wink

In winter, you should keep them very dry and cool, afaik. But I have only this year gotten my first adenium; bare-rooted, dried-out import in winter. This is not very happy (Is still trying to wake up from dormancy)

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  BonsaiEejit on Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:30 pm

Thanks for your input Leatherback. Good point regarding the over-sized pot & risk of wet/cold exposure. I'm reluctant to re-pot again so quickly so will attempt measures to keep it warm this looking winter and put it in a smaller pot in Spring '17...hopefully it survives!!

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  augustine on Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:21 pm

Take Leatherback's advice, it has to be repotted. Do it gently, it should be OK.

It's ok to repot tropicals in the summer

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  BrendanR on Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:25 pm

My father in law has one. He lives in Corby. His just flowered.

I'll ask him for his advice and come back to you.

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  BrendanR on Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:02 pm

Here's what he said:

"Inside on a window sill facing south as they like full sun. Ours is in full bloom for about 6 weeks now. They like moist soil but not wet. "

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Re: Desert Rose / Adenium

Post  BonsaiEejit on Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:54 pm

Thanks all for the advice. Think I might well reduce the pot size after all...Cheers!

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