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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Sep 2014, 2:55 pm

    Finally, I have actually planted 20 of the adenium obesum seeds. This will be an interesting exercise as they have sat in our kitchen for six months waiting for me to get around to planting them. Space was the real problem but now that I have taken the fuchsia cuttings & cleared the area where they used to be I now had a sunny spot for them. No excuses. The seeds may have dried out a bit but I didn't soak them having read they sometimes rot during soaking. Am relying on the wet potting mix to hydrate them. It is special seed mix I'm using.  


    Will make sure I keep them moist. Have also planted them flat as it is impossible to know which end is which & in nature, when they fly through the air they land flat on the ground. Supposedly, it only takes about five days for them to germinate. Here's hoping!!  :luck:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Sep 2014, 2:58 pm

    Here are a couple of images of the seeds & the ginormous pod. 

    The adenium obesum's seedpods are finally starting to split.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Sep 2014, 3:00 pm

    20/21 adenium obesum seeds with their "wings".
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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Sep 2014, 3:02 pm

    The adenium obesum seeds minus their wings. They come off very easily. Have a suspicion their fluffy wings are designed to eventually fall off in flight & the seed drops to the ground. 
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    Post by granny on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 2:21 am

    I have my fingers crossed that we will get to see them in five days. :yes:   Great photos.  Really like the seed picture with the little wings. :good:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 20 Sep 2014, 6:57 am

    Thanks Granny.  :) We do hope, at least, a few of the adenium obesum seeds will germinate. It is a beautiful plant & it will be fantastic to have ones we have grown ourselves.   :cool3:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Sep 2014, 2:42 pm

    Whoopydoo!!! :apgw: :excited: :happy: :dance010: :dance017:    
    The first of the adenium obesum seedlings has appeared. It poked its head up yesterday still partially covered in its husk.This was eight days after it was planted. This is very heartening ro see.   :bravo:

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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Sep 2014, 2:46 pm

    The second adenium obesum seedling has made an appearance today. Excellent.
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    Post by granny on Sun 28 Sep 2014, 11:16 pm

    Wow!!  Great job.  That did not take long.  It will be fun to watch them grow. :yes:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 7:41 am

    Thanks Granny. We are very excited by this & hope a few more adenium obesum seeds will germinate. These plants are noted for their strange-shaped caudex (as well as their beautiful flowers & leaves),  which only happen if grown from seed as opposed to growing from cuttings. Another reason to be excited.   :dance: :dance2: :laugh:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 3:15 pm

    The first adenium obesum seedling is certainly growing.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 3:17 pm

    The second adenium obesum seedling. Still nott standing upright yet.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 29 Sep 2014, 3:19 pm

    A third adenium obesum seedling seems to have germinated. Still has its seed husk on it. It is really tiny.


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    Post by granny on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:22 am

    :laugh: :laugh:  My green thumb wasn't thinking this morning!  (My nonexistent green thumb.)   :blush2: I had to google  :pc4:   caudex. :lol2: Don't tell anyone, our secret.  :lol3:
         :wow: It is amazing that a flower would look different if it grows from seed instead of cutting.
         :good: :clap: They are growing fast!!  Great job!!
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 10:37 am

    :laugh:  The adenium obesum (means fat  :lol3:) is grown in Indonesia & other SE Asian countries mainly for its caudex which can grow in the most amazing shapes. Its flowers are a pretty extra. When they are repotted the plant is replaced in the pot 3.75-5cms (1&1/2-2ins) higher above the soil level than they were previously, to expose more of the below-soil-level caudex. It does weird & wonderful things to its caudex when growing underneath. With cuttings this does not happen. While still attractive they just grow a slim straight caudex which stays looking like the branch where it was cut from. This is why we were so thrilled when our adenium obesum grew the seed pod.  :bravo:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:41 pm

    The first adenium obesum seedling. Looks as though its growing leaves or something. Does look a bit like a pale green snail's head :lol3:  It's only about 1cm high.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:42 pm

    The second adenium obesum seedling starting to straighten up bit.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:43 pm

    The third adenium obesum seedling seems to still have the husk stuck to it. Hard to see the actual husk with the naked eye.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:46 pm

    A new arrival!!!  :bravo:  The fourth adenium obesum seedling has emerged.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:47 pm

    The four adenium seedlings.

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    Post by granny on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 4:43 am

    Four!  Great!  Maybe more tomorrow.
        Great pictures Joy! :good:
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    Post by Joy on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 2:46 pm

    No more seedlings poking their heads up yet, Granny.  :D We will be thrilled if just these four survive to row & flourish.  :bravo: :cool4:

    Today's pics. There have been some subtle changes. The first & second adenium obesum seedlings are getting the fat caudex already.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 2:48 pm

    Also the stems are changing colour.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 2:49 pm

    The four adenium obesum seedlings.

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    Post by granny on Sat 04 Oct 2014, 2:17 am

    :bravo: :clap:  The four babies look great!    Crossing my fingers.  I think there will be more!   :thanks: :photos:
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