How do you propagate Adenium ?

Seedlings are not the best type of plant for most amateurs to grow: seedlings will take many months to years to flower; even when they do, the frequency, quantity and size of the flowers in juvenile plants is usually less than that achieved by grafting mature scion material on vigorous rootstock. Most seedlings will also flower at a greater height than grafted material. The situation is similar to growing a rose or fruit plant from seed- essential as a breeding tool and other purposes, it should not be used to produce plants for the grower and hobbyist.

Method 1 (Cutting)
Cutting a healthy branch.
Pick a healthy stem at least 6 inches (15 cm) long. Use a sharp pair of pruning shears to cut the stem where it where it connects to the trunk.

Dry the cutting for 48 hours in a warm, dry place.
Lay the cut stems on a newspaper or paper towel and keep them out of direct sunlight. Store them in a place that is warm but is not humid. They should be dried out and ready to use within 2 days.

Planting the cutting.
Apply the end of the desert rose cutting and dip it in rooting hormone. Stick the cutting into a well draining growing medium like perlite or sand mixed with soil.

Method 2 (Grafting)
This is the most common means of propagation for selected hybrids and cultivars. The commonest rootstock is Adenium seedlings: such grafts soon look very natural and in time it is difficult to locate the graft union.

1.Find a portion of a healthy branch of the Adenium stock that will be suitable for the graft. …
2.Select a portion of a healthy branch of the Adenium scion that will be suitable for the graft. …
3.Cut the Adenium stock branch at the grafting point. …
4.You might notice sap coming out from the wound of the Adenium stock and scion.

Plastic tape is used to tie the union and hold it together till well bonded. A plastic bag tied over the graft keeps the scion turgid till the connection is established.


Once the grafting is done, the plant needs to be kept shaded: this is to keep it cool under warm conditions and prevent over heating inside the plastic bag.
Depending on the temperatures, it will take between 10 to 30 days for the graft union to take; it’s best to remove the plastic bag as soon as possible. Return the plant to full sun too: if it’s been under shade for a while it will need a little gradual acclimatizing to full sun.

Does Adenium need sunlight?
In their native habitat, adeniums grow in full sun so they need good light to thrive. Direct sunlight is preferable, especially when they are in their active growth phase during the summer months. Water Requirements : Soil moisture is an important consideration in Adenium culture.

What is the best fertilizer for Adenium?
It does need high nitrogen to flower. During the growing season, feed desert rose bonsai monthly with a water-soluble, slow-release 13-13-13 fertilizer. Grown as bonsai, desert roses prefer a constant supply of low dose fertilizer rather than infrequent high doses.

Watering your Adenium

During the growing season, adeniums can be watered as often as several times a week or even daily, depending on the soil mix that is used, lighting and the outside temperature. Larger pots can be watered less frequently, such as every two weeks or so during the peak growing season.

How do I get my Adenium to bloom?
Feed indoor Adeniums every week during spring and summer, using a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. To encourage flowering, it may also help to use a phosphorus rich fertilizer or bone meal.

Epsom Salt for Adenium ?

Rose growers, in particular, are strong advocates for using Epsom salts. They claim it not only makes the foliage greener and lusher, but it also produces more canes and more roses. … For ongoing rose care, mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts per gallon of water and apply as a foliar spray.

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