Mr. Ko Adenium Seeds Review: Good or Bad?

Adenium Desert Rose 15 May 2020

Recently, we have just bought some adenium seeds from Mr. Ko, a seller from Taiwan. You may be checking out this seller and considering whether he is a trustworthy vendor or not. Let us share with you the insights from our very own experience.

Getting the seeds

Buying the seeds is pretty straightforward. Mr. Ko owns a shop on eBay, which you can look at if you love to have some fun with the auction feature.

We have just been informed that the eBay store is currently inactive due to some policy changes. Luckily, he still has a Shopify online store.

They have hundreds and thousands of choices that you can choose from. Literally, you may feel overwhelmed. But here are some quick tips to get around the jungle:

If you want Then choose
Popular, easy care desert roses Adenium Obesum
Big, fat, chubby caudex Adenium Arabicum
Long, straight, tree-like trunk Adenium Somalense
Unique adenium Pollination seeds

If you’re unsure of the different varieties, check the pictures on the website. Or check out this detailed Adenium Species List.

9 Most Popular & Rare Adenium Desert Rose Species List
Check out the most popular adenium desert rose species & how to indentify them for best care

After looking around for some time, we ordered one giant Adenium Arabicum Brazilian, one Noble Concubine of the Obesum family, and one Arabicum Tiny Ding Dong. Compared to the market average, their price is acceptable.

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As a side note, we actually didn’t know the other meaning of “ding dong” before hitting the order button. So, you see now we have a family of tiny ding dongs and some noble concubines. Great!

Now, let's see the shipping fees & all that next:

The shipping fees & Delivery

Shipping costs $4 bucks flat rate. If your order is over $50, the shipping is free. The delivery time depends very much on where you are located and the date of the week you place your order.

For folks living in the Asian region, if you place the order near the start of the week, say Monday or Tuesday, then you will receive the package in around 7-8 business days (excluding Sat & Sun).

Note also that they do have a turn-around time from 1-3 days. If you live in the U.S. or other countries in Europe/Africa, then it might take more than one business week for the parcel to arrive. They have some issues shipping to Australia & Brazil due to the strict inspection which could span for months. If you're in those areas, it may be better to shop locally:

For us, the delivery was faster than expected. Almost forgot, they will send you a tracking code on the Taiwan Post website to track your shipment & see whether there are any "hiccups" along the way. Be sure to switch to English if you don’t understand Chinese.

Now, bada-bing bada-boom, it's the moment everyone has been waiting for...

What’s inside the package?

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Simple packing of adenium seeds

Our package arrived on Nov 5 2019. So that’s about a week after ordering. Pretty quick for international shipping, isn’t it?

What’s cool about this store, I think, is that they complete all the paperwork– all the not-so-sexy stuff–with the Plant Health Department before exporting.

This way, we can be sure that our receiving end will get the package without any more checks or clearances.

Inside the bag, you will find the Health Inspection Paper and also an invoice. They are in Chinese and English, which you can have a look if you like.

But the main star of our story right here is the seeds. They arrived safe and sound. Nicely packaged in Ziploc bags with name tags inside. The seeds look clean, dry, and are in good conditions.

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Seeds in Ziploc bags with name tags

Let's have a closer look:

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Okay and... now what?

So now you get the seeds and then what? We asked Mr. Ko for his advice and got some very valuable information.

If you buy the seeds around the wintertime, you need to check the weather forecast for the next 7-10 days. If it’s probably going to rain or snow, then it’s not a good time for sowing.

If, however, the weather will be nice and sunny for the next 10 days, then your seeds are ready to be sown.

Storing the seeds

For the seeds that are not ready to be out in the wild yet, we need to store them properly.

Find a glass jar or a mason jar in your kitchen, preferably the one with an airtight lid. Place your seeds in the jar. For better protection from moist or water droplets, put in some desiccant (moisture absorbing gel).

Put the jars somewhere dry and dark. The cupboard in the kitchen is a good place. Also, be sure not to store them in places that are too hot. Keeping the temperatures below 86F or 30C would be awesome.

After the rainy or cold season passes, you can start to sow your seeds. It’s best to use them 3-6 months after storage. Because the older the seeds get, the more it can affect the germination rates.

Here's an Instructable post showing you how to save the desert rose seeds:

Save Desert Rose Seeds
Save Desert Rose Seeds: This is just a simple instruction post to help you store your adenium desert rose seeds properly. Seeds in general, if not stored carefully, have much lower germination rates. You can keep them fresh with some simple tools & tips.

Would I Recommend Mr.Ko Adenium Seeds?

Overall, would we recommend Mr. Ko? Yes. We are satisfied with the price, the delivery, and especially the seeds. They also provide great tips on sowing and cultivating the plants. We were actually surprised to get an email at 7 in the morning from them answering one of our concerns.

All in all, we had a pleasant experience and can’t wait to get our babies rocking. I’ll keep you posted on the process. If it turns out well, I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

(Psst: Our post on how to start desert rose from Mr.Ko seeds has been featured on Instructables. We're so excited to share this with you.)

Print out this simple, step-by-step guide to make your own DIY version:

Start Desert Rose From Seeds
Start Desert Rose From Seeds: Inspired by Maria from Maria’s Garden, I made a miniature version of her bathtub method for starting desert rose from seeds. It’s really easy to do with only a few supplies. If you’d love to experiment this, let’s check it out with us.

On Feb 17, we ordered another batch of adenium seeds. We received it about 10 days later. Love it, A+

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We'll show you the results of germination rates. The results are 5/6 germinated (about 83%). It's very good.

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For more searches about adenium, try:

Thai Viet Meaning
ชวนชม cay su adenium
ราก re root
กระถาง chau pot
ดอก hoa flower
เมล็ด hat seed

They may have YouTube videos with English subtitles:

  • การเพาะเมล็ดชวนชมฉบับเสร็จสมบูรณ์: complete planting of adenium seeds
  • วิธีแก้อาการชวนชมเน่าไม่ยากเลย: adenium rot
  • การดูแลชวนชมในช่วงหน้าฝน: caring for adenium during the rainy season
  • วิธีการปลูกต้นชวนชม: how to plant an adenium

If you want to search only for "edu" sites on Google, try:

site:edu adenium

These guides below are written in Thai. If someone understands the language, please help us with the translation. That'd be super helpful:

https://www.rakbankerd.com/agriculture/kaset_group.php?category_id=14&section_id=395&topic_id=1

บ้านชวนชม - ข้อมูลทั่วไป - 2020
บ้านชวนชม เติบโตขึ้น การดูแลห้องชวนชมที่ผิดปกติสำหรับเงื่อนไขของเราต้นชวนชมขวดปรากฏเป็นวัฒนธรรมห้องค่อนข้างเร็วและได้รับอย่างรวดเร็ว

Hope this little seed review was helpful. Thanks for visiting, have a great time exploring the world of adenium!

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