Desert Rose Breaking Dormancy
This fall I let my Adeniums go dormant and they all lost their leaves when the weather became cooler. Since being in the house for the winter one of them has been prompted to break dormancy by the warm temperature we keep the house at. At this point I have two options; I can continue to allow it to grow during the winter and treat it as a houseplant or I can place it somewhere cooler and see if it goes back into dormancy.
With the changes in season comes lower light levels and if I allow it to continue growing during the winter indoors I can probably extend the growing season and finally get mine to boom. The problem with this is that Adenium Obesum loves sunlight and indoors this winter there won't be much available. I could add a couple of indoor grow lights to help it along until spring arrives but I would like to keep the leaves and growth nice and compact and I don't think that grow lights will give it enough light.
My other two Desert Roses are shorter than the Adenium pictured above and they are showing signs of caudex shrinking. I'm not too worried because these succulents can survive without much water and watering too much leads to rotting roots. I may move those to a cooler window and hold off on the watering for a couple of weeks because any water I give these Adeniums now will surely bring them out of dormancy too.
If you're interested I've written about my experiences growing Adenium Obesum before.
Propagating Adenium Obesum By Cuttings. A post about taking cuttings.
Adenium Obesum Care- was about my experiences growing these exotic looking succulents indoors and in the midwest.
Adenium Obesum Fertilizer Damage-was a post about how I damaged the tip of one of my plants. If you look at the image above the tallest stem is the same stem that was burned by the fertilizer in the fertilizer link.
Adenium Obesum seedlings-I think this was my first post on Adenium Obesum. Before I ever purchased an Adenium Obesum I received some seeds from a generous cacti and succulent grower but didn't find much information on sowing Adenium Obesum seeds on the internet. Read that post and see if it helps you any. If I ever come across more seeds I'll probably rewrite that entry.
Many people come across this blog searching for places to buy Adenium Obesum, especially in Chicago, and to be honest I've purchased all of my Adeniums at big box stores. Seeing how popular these plants are and how inexpensive my Adeniums were (2-3 dollars) I should have bought them all when I saw them. Finally, if you have questions or comments feel free to leave them especially if you have a blog or website about growing Adenium Obesum.