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Created On: 10/04/2004 01:48 PM
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 10/04/2004 01:48 PM
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Central Floridave

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Anybody growing this super easy to grow plant?
 10/04/2004 01:49 PM
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Central Floridave

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I've got this one in the ground, but I think they look better in containers.

 10/04/2004 07:46 PM
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Wavewatcher

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I dunno. A desert rose is living in a foot-wide strip of dirt between highway 60 near the Vero post office. Perfectly healthy and grows good flowers, but I think it's getting shaded by this equally tough hedge of bougainvillea.

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hard to kill and pretty too

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dghays

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I thought they were only cold tolerant to 40 F..
Perhaps the flower problem is too much shade? Mine are both in containers and flower often.

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 10/06/2004 12:54 PM
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I have a juvi one. its about 10 inches tall..can't watit to get the first bloooms!

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 10/10/2004 06:39 AM
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Aceman

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Originally posted by: dghays Mine are both in containers and flower often.
Gary


They tend to flower better when planted in a container and are root bound. I know of 2 that are about 7 feet tall and flower prolifically. The grower has planted them "up" by washing away the soil from the roots with a hose and exposing most of bulb each time he re-pots them. Feeds them Bougainvillae Special Fertilizer by Nursuryman Sur Gro.
Interestingly they can be grown from seed of cuttings. Seed produces a virtually bulbless plant while cuttings can produce a bulb similar to a ponytail palm. There are several color variations ranging from pure white through various pinks to blood red.

When in bloom (in a green house) these plants are aphid magnets.



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 10/13/2004 07:37 AM
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dghays

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Great info, indeed mine are in pots somewhat small for the size of the plant.

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 07/28/2005 07:19 AM
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Skeeter

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I purchased a small specimen over the weekend and planted it in a pot using Cactus potting soil with rocks at the bottom for drainage. I noticed that the cactus potting soil contained very little to no perlite. Will it still drain well, or should I have added Perlite to it? This will be sitting in full sun relying on rain water.

I have another question. I've read numerous web pages on which grows better, seeds or cuttings, but they all say one thing or the other. Some people are adamant that cuttings will not get the bulbous base, while others say seeds won't get the bulbous base. Does anyone have a difinitive answer for this?

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Sawatdee

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Skeeter, I think this website would answer your question.

http://toptropicals.com/html/toptropicals/misc/thailand/adenium.htm
 07/29/2005 05:24 AM
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surf goddess

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Mine was in a pot but recently put it in the ground. Growing well. I do notice the leaves get crimpy looking and thats the sign I need to water it.
 07/29/2005 12:00 PM
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dghays

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Here's a pic of mine from a couple months or so ago. Hey, I actually hear thunder! I hope the weather forecast of increased chances of rain actually comes true.

Gary
 07/29/2005 02:37 PM
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Aceman

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Originally posted by: dghays
Here's a pic of mine from a couple months or so ago.


Very Nice !!!! Keep potting it up & feeding it. Can you imagine that plant in full bloom when it is seven feet tall ??????????

They do much better (blooming) in pots than in the ground. If I were to plant one in my yard, it'd be pot and all.





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Aceman

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The above referenced site states that fertilizer determines whether you grow a relatively straight plant or a bulbous plant. The grower I've dealt with over the past 15 years does a lot of experimental growing for collectors who travel all over the world and return with unusual varieties. Last visit he was working with some from India, a deep red almost black, heavy bloomer and a total white. He claims the difference is in seed vs cuttings and has several hundred of each to proove his point.

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Edited: 07/30/2005 at 09:58 AM by Aceman
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amazing photograph

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Anyone know a good nursery to get a decent size Desert Rose? My buddy has clippings but I want something already established in a pot.
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This sale is coming up. I've seen some there last year.

http://www.2ndlight.com/fuseta...d=194035&enterthread=y
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Originally posted by: Central Floridave

This sale is coming up. I've seen some there last year.



http://www.2ndlight.com/fuseta...d=194035&enterthread=y


Awesome. Thanks for the info!
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