Winter sowing update : Mr Ko seed.

adenium1949June 18, 2013

My sowings of Mr Ko seeds during late October through to late January have produced some remarkably vigorous seedlings with rates of growth I have not seen before. Firstly a plant shown a couple of months ago at a height of 14", which now stands at 19" and is showing no signs of slowing down. It is a seedling of "Miracle x Ko 45", and this cross is the most vigorous by far. No caudex development as yet but signs of branching. The plant does not live in the position pictured but is in full light.

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Next a seedling of Ko 10 shown previously with the above. It now stands 18" and is still heading skyward. There is some caudex development.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:24AM
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Next, two seedlings of different crosses side by side for comparison. The plant on the left is Miraclex45 and the other is Ko26 x 37. The smaller plant was sown on 6th January, only a week later than the other.I have chosen each as typical of the batch rather than extremes.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:30AM
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And any sign of buds? Yes!!!!!! This is a first for me, seed sown 29th December so not quite 6 months old. Its that Miracle x 45 cross again (red x red). I'd better not crow too loudly in case the plants are too small to carry the flowers to completion and they shrivel and fall off. Still buds are buds. I got as close to the plant as possible with my phone.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:42AM
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And finally,
a six month seedling of Ko 33 with first buds. I'm keeping everything crossed. Wish me luck.

I hope all your seedlings come good. Best of luck,
Brian UK.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 5:50AM
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jv44(Zone 4 MN)

Outstanding! Your results give me some confidence growing my own adeniums from seed--I might have to try some seeds from Mr. Ko as well. As for the size being able to support blooms--my single blooming size plant has no problems whatsoever so far and it's only about 17 cm tall. Is that an arabicum on the left in the second photo?

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:21AM
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Hello JV44,
Thanks for your post, the plant is a regular pink Obesum, possibly my best plant all round so far. It puts on a wonderful show in july/august. It won a 2nd for me at a local C&S show last saturday in the Pachypodium section. It is from seed sown in 2009. Here is a better photo.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:55AM
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Brian, good grief! What fantastic growth!, and to have buds so early, and lets face it we haven't had great weather in UK.., I'm dumbfounded. What do you feed these beautiful monstrosities on?
Averil UK

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 8:57AM
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kodom087 z9a

Wow! I'm jealous of your seedlings already showing signs of blooming. I am hoping mine will start showing signs soon as they are almost 8 months old. Congrats!


    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:00AM
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Hello Averil,
Thanks for your kind words. Actually I tend to starve my plants compared to the feeding a lot of forum members do. I have recently changed to Chempak No. 8 at half strength. As you can see I underpot as well so it can't be the easy life!
Happy growing
Brian UK

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:15AM
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Wonderful to see such healthy and good growth, Brian.
I hope that some of mine show signs this summer.
Keep us posted on your progression.

Brian. Do you keep shade cloth on your greenhouse now and all summer?
Hope you do not mind me asking.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:17AM
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Hello Kirk,
I'm sure you will soon reap your reward forthe care you give them. We still have the summer ahead of us.
Happy growing.

Brian UK.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:21AM
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Hello Rick,
Yes I keep the shade cloth on all year. It is quite an open mesh and seems to allow enough sun to keep the plants happy without the leaves burning. I have tried several shade materials but others excluded too much light

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:30AM
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