Watering Adenium Obesum Quick Question T/F?

thatadeniumguyMay 29, 2013

You should always water your Adenium Obesum by soaking the soil in water from the bottom up, never water from the top.

I read this somewhere and wanted to know if this was true.

Also it would be helpful if you could explain your answer *hopeful*

I would really like it if i could just water straight from the top but someone told me this will cause the caudex to rot. I am using my own special mix of soil. Im a noobie with adeniums and this is an experiment so i dont recommend copy catting my formula

Ingrediants in soil:
Sand from Home Depot, its play sand
Perlite Generic
Bark small pieces ONLY
Lava Rock only very small bits, crumb size
Cactus mix store bought
cardboard - just a pinch of shredded cardboard (another experiment)
*bottom is lined with 2 layers of random small pebbles, various sizes, from the side yard to help with drainage and to keep soil from escaping out the bottom

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Plants grow up. Water flows down. God intended. No need to change that.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:50AM
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I agree with Tolip......who have time to soak......by the time the soil soak up to the top layer.....it is too wet....

When I water I water the leaves too......leaves need to feel fresh too....(only my idea)


    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 6:58AM
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Watering from the top soil level and watering until the water comes freely out of the drainage holes at bottom. This would wet the soil and leech out any extra salt build up in the POT.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:57AM
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I've got a couple of watering posts on the blog that might help you.


Here is a link that might be useful: Water Adeniums

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:18PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

I water all my DR's from the top, never from the bottom.
Regarding the ingredients in the soil...
Personally I would omit the play sand...far too small particle size, sand compacts, forces air out of the mix and stays too wet. In cooler temps if wet, it will also be cold as well.
I would also steer clear of the cardboard component...also will stay wet for too long so no need for that in a mix that you are esentially trying to make very fast draining.
The other ingredients sound OK as long as there is not too much cactus mix, especially if it is peaty.
Hope this helps, just my thoughts.
Gill UK

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 7:06PM
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Check out this link about how water travels through soil and why. It answered a lot of question for me about what and why we use different components in soil. This Al guy is one smart cookie!


Here is a link that might be useful: This really helped me understand!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 9:09PM
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sbrow156(Cairns QLD Australia)

I water mine once a week. Because it is so hot here the dirt is usually dry again by the next time i water it. It has started to cool down now though and my adeniums have started to looks alot of leaves. I am thinking maybe i should slow down on the watering for abit? maybe water every one and a half or two weeks?....i usually water so that water runs out the bottom of the pot. When it does that I stop.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 7:55PM
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