Easy Steps to Prune Your Adenium Plant Successfully

Prune Your Adenium Plant

Pruning adenium plant is important provided you want new shoots to appear or you want a sick plant to restore its health. It is also a way to get rid of infected branches. So the main question here is: “How to prune without damaging the plant?”.

So that multiple branches were produced, you will have to pinch the seedling first. You have to do it with the seedling which is not damaged and grows fast. You need to cut off the stems without leaves. That will contribute to the growth of the species.

It’s of crucial importance to know when to prune adenium. The best time to perform pruning is when the weather is cool. So the most suitable months for this will be the end of the February through the beginning of March as soon as the new growth has emerged.


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The blades of the cutting tool you are going to use must be wiped or sprayed either with rubbing alcohol or a 10-percent bleach solution. If you remove the infected parts of the plant, it must be done after every single cut.

The plant usually outgrows its container so be ready to change it every year. When you put your succulent into a new pot prune its back roots at their juncture with the caudex.

Try to prune your desert rose at about a 45-degree angle instead of a flat 90 degree one. The latter one looks rather ugly, it prevents a new apex from growing at a decent angle off the cut and last but not least it never heals quite well.

Сutting at 45 degrees will result in a more natural look of the cuts. Make sure the cut is made about half an inch above the eye where you expect the new upper most branch to grow from.

Take a close look at the plant. If there are any diseased, tangled, damaged branches or branches that grow inwards, cut them off. Do the cuts a couple of inches below the plant’s problematic area. Also inspect the species for any signs of root rot.

Such monitoring should be performed regularly during the growing season, especially when the humidity is high. Any leaf spots, white or grey powdery as well as fuzzy growth must be avoided.

Inspect the desert rose regularly throughout the growing season, especially during periods of high humidity, looking for leaf spots or any gray or white powdery or fuzzy growth. Prune off infected portions of the desert rose as soon as you notice the fungus, making a severing cut into healthy tissue several inches below the problematic portion of the plant.

When the pruning is done you have to ascertain yourself that the soil is moist enough. As soon as you do that you can forget about the succulent for some time. In about 5-7 days new leaves will sprout and soon after that new branches will appear.

Another question that may arise is how to prune adenium bonsai plant. Unfortunately, there is not much information about that on the Internet. Nevertheless, you can always watch some tutorials on pruning adenium bonsai. The tips they normally advise to adhere to are the following:

- The branches must be pruned and trained with the wire. You begin with a thick branch to function as an anchor while you are bending the actual branch to the desired shape. As soon as three to four wraps around the base trunk are done, begin wrapping the branch of the plant a couple of times (usually it’s not less than five wraps). When you are done with the wrapping, it’s high time you bent the branch to the necessary shape.

- Monitor the growth of the species every two weeks. This must be done so as to be on a safe side. Otherwise the wire can damage the plant.

If you keep to all these rules and instructions, you can consider adenium propagation through seeds and cuttings, but make sure you have enough place to hide your plants when it is cold outside.

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