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The grafted adenium that was a gift from my daughter-in-law just bloomed a lovely flower with two rows of petals, which is called a double-petaled adenium.

It came without a tag, other than just Adenium, so I can’t identify it exactly. Adeniums are commonly called a desert rose. This one is bound to be a hybrid that was grafted with a hybrid. Double-petaled flowers do not occur naturally in adeniums, and I am not sure why grafting makes these double flowers, but aren’t they nice! This is what the graft looks like, and you will notice a new branch is coming out from under the graft. I could cut it off, but I am thinking when a bloom comes from it one day, it will be a different flower from this one above the graft. And that’s okay; always nice to have a variety of flowers and a fun surprise to see what it will look like.

As this plant grows and I repot it, I will gradually put the caudex, the fat part of the plant at the bottom, a little higher on the dirt, allowing it to show more, get fatter, and be more impressive, which is what you want with an adenium.

But it looks right nice just as it is.

The first picture was taken on July 4; this last picture was taken on July 9, six days after opening, a nice life span for succulent flowers.

I have no idea how many more days it will look this pretty, but it has been a pleasure to watch for these six days.

Alice Liles


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