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Photo 7. Adenium, Multi grafted several colors

Photo 8. Adenium, Multi grafted several colors

Photo 9. Adenium, Multi grafted several colors

Photo 11. Adenium

Photo 12. На плантации

Photo 13. На плантации

Photo 14. Adenium somalense

Photo 15. Adenium swazicum


KrolikUdaff, США
(Tatyana Anderson & Mikhail Dubinovskiy)

    From the editors: some articles about authors` trip to Thailand were published on the Top Tropicals site. One of the articles was about Adeniums.

    According to the peculiarities of Kultivar magazine we picked some photos of Thai Аdeniums abnormal forms: forma variegata (photos 1-6), several multi-grafted sorts with flowers of different colours (photos 7-9), and also some interesting exemplars and long shots (photos 10-15). Enjoy the view of these wonderful plants and rare anomalies. Don`t forget to visit the author`s web-page where you can find 160 photos of Аdeniums.

Photo 1. Adenium obesum variegated

Photo 4. Adenium variegated

Photo 3. Adenium variegated

Photo 2. Adenium variegated

Photo 5. Adenium variegated

Photo 6. Variegated almost white leaves

There are several species of Adenium: Adenium swazicum, Adenium somalense, Adenium arabicum, Adenium boehmianum, Adenium multiflorum, Adenium crispum, Adenium obesum.

These giant adeniums are 2-3 ft tall and 15-20 years old:

Adeniums have many spectacular hybrids. The basic culture is very similar to orchids. A small pot with excellent drainage is a must. Adeniums do not like both over-watering or drying-out. There is a little 'secret' how to create a weird shape of base: just lift the plant a bit every time you re-pot the plant, so the upper parts of roots will be a little exposed. The plant will form more roots that will go down.

To make your plant develop a large swollen base/trunk, you need a good quality fertilizer. Fetilizer requirement for swelling up trunks is also used to increase flowering. It shouldn't be too hight in nitrogen, the middle number should be the highest. Never apply fertilizer directly on roots and do not liquid feed when a plant is thirsty: always water first slightly to avoid root burn and leaf drop.

Do not wet leaves. Adeniums need lots of light for heavy flowering. Most hybrids and species start blooming in the spring when the conditions are warm and days get longer, and continue blooming through the fall and winter in warmer climates.

Adeniums like a neutral to hard water. Acidic water tends to sour the soil too fast and may cause root rot. Water plants preferably in the early morning, and allow them to drink up throughout the day. Watering can be done daily to every few days. Never allow your plants to sit in a saucer of water, neither allow them to dry out too often - this causes adeniums to go into early dormancy.

Adenium hybrids can be multi-grafted with several colors/varieties on the same plant. The swallen base will be formed only when the rod stock plant is grown from seed.

Here is the list of the photos that you can find on the sourse page:

  • Adenium arabicum
  • Adenium boehmianum
  • Adenium multiflorum
  • Adenium obesum
  • Adenium obesum hybrid
  • Adenium obesum hybrid 'Ruby'
  • Adenium obesum hybrids multi-grafted
  • Adenium obesum variegated
  • Adenium somalense
  • Adenium somalense crispum
  • Adenium somalense crispum Variegated - almost white leaves
  • Adenium somalense hybrid
  • Adenium somalense Purple-leaved
  • Adenium swazicum
  • Multi-grafted - several colors
  • Purple-leaved variety

Read more about adenium - Buy adeniums online
Most of these varieties will be available from our store. Watch our new arrivals.


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