Starting your own desert roses from seeds can be fun & exciting. There are, however, many ways to get it wrong–especially if you're new. It's no better way to learn than actually get your hands dirty & just get to it.
Come join us. Let's have some fun right now.
Must Keep In Mind
When you grow your own baby adenium trees from seeds, remember these things:
- Not too much water
- Not too much sun
- Not too much food
- No touching / squeezing
- No transfers or re-potting
Our Own Mistakes
Oh my. The above are the mistakes that we made & learned along the way–at the costs of some "sacrificial" lovely desert rose plants. Still painful to look at.
You don't want to overwater them because the little young roots can't take in too much water at this point. It might lead to root rot if we're not careful.
Definitely don't put them under full sun or high-temperature areas yet. The leaves will get burned, especially if there are water droplets on them.
It's like some dark greenish-gray spot spreading out from the tip slowly to all the leaf body. Then, the leaves will turn bronze/yellow & die off. Have a look here:
These are the early signs of your young plants getting sunburned & over-watered. Help them immediately.
Here are the adenium seedlings that have been 'cooked' by the sun. Very painful to look at:
Remember, no fertilizer at this point as well. Too much nutrients will burn or fry your baby plants.
We know these baby plants look so cute. But try not to be tempted by their adorable stem & touch or squeeze them.
We couldn't resist the temptation & touched the caudex, ugh (very gently as we remembered). It died. Now we make a clear cover with some holes above the young plants.
At this point, it's better not do any transfers or re-pottings. The roots are too young to experience any big shocks. Choose a pot or tray & just leaves your babies in there for a while. They will be thankful for that.
What's A Good Way to Start Adenium Seeds Then?
1. Soak seeds in water
Before sowing, soak your seeds in water for 2-4 hours or 24 hours. This helps loosen up the shell, compensate for moisture loss during shipping, and boost germination rate.
2. Place seeds horizontally
You don't want the plants to sprout up upside down. The safest placement is horizontal. The little seeds will know their way out & adjust accordingly.
Even if you plant the seeds upside down, the smart plants will know & turn themselves around. It just takes longer though.
3. Put a thin layer of growing medium over
Only place a 1/4 inch or 0.5 cm layer of sand, coco fiber or charcoal over the seeds. This helps them not be buried too deep & can start seeking for warm sunlight to sprout out.
4. Keep your plants moist for the first week
During the infancy stage, adenium seeds need a lot of moisture to get themselves up. Be sure to keep your pots moist with moisture-retaining materials like perlite, a cling wrap, tissue paper or sand. Be creative in your own way but remember don't overwater.
If you want a printable, step-by-step guide, here's a good one:
Getting ready to say "Hello world"
Growing your own adenium babies can be super fun & easy. Stay away from the troubled paths & you will be set to success with your desert rose seeds. Thanks for reading & see you again next time! Let us know if you have any questions.
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