Monday, August 23, 2010
Adenium Update X (12 months)
I think my Adenium are my favourite plants. They are just so interesting and all around fun. It's been about a year since I sowed the seeds and they're still going strong. I've noticed they seem to put up with a lot of abuse. They are relatively resistant to insects but I have had some aphid problems. I ended up spraying with a garlic/onion solution and the pests have for the most part disappeared.
It's much cooler in Vancouver in the summer than in London, Ontario. Even though there has been a tonne of sunshine (over a month straight) the growth rate seems to be a bit slower probably due to the lower temperatures.
One plant has also produced a plethora (what a great word) of blooms at the tip of the stem. I've been waiting weeks but none of them have opened yet. As soon as the one below pops I'll be sure to grab a picture.
I also LOVE all the different forms that this batch of seeds have grown into. Some are short and stout, some have a highly developed caudex and others are relatively tall and narrow. All are beginning to develop a large number of side branches. After growing these plants for a year, I would highly recommend them to anyone that enjoys succulents with somewhat unusual forms.