What my cat allowed to survive

fakechuchi(7)September 21, 2013

Hey everyone. This is my Rik Ni Ran bloom from start to finish.

I found this forum nearly a year ago after I got my first adenium plant (I've never seen one before, it looked like a giant ginger).It was a bald Rik Ni Ran.

Look what happened to it!

Close-up:

Closer:

To all my generous, extremely patient mentors--thank you.

Pagan

Bonus shot:

This post was edited by fakechuchi on Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 20:28

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rcharles_gw

Pagan,
That is gorgeous. What a deep red and wonderful dark petal margins.
Matches your tufa pot also.
Rick

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 9:50PM
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ltran54(9)

Pegan, I don't have Rik Ni Ran but one of my friend has. When it gets bigger, it blooms like crazy for you. My friend's plant had plenty of bloom. I loved it.
That is pretty shade of red.
Marie

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 6:33AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Simply beautiful..

I love the color and I especially love your cute kitty!

Thanks for sharing and letting others see what can and will happen with a little patience!

Have a great day !!

Laura

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 8:49AM
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fakechuchi(7)

Thanks, you guys. If you hadn't been so supportive, I certainly would have killed this plant by now, truly.

I'm actually shocked the buds survived the move indoors, Marie. Now I am tempted to keep it awake all winter but then it will have to compete with Catzilla here for window space.

For instance, just now when I was trying to get an update shot

Oh, and it opens! I didn't know that.

Okay folks, until this flower falls off, I'm going to be the annoying new parent posting pictures of this baby's every fart and barf. Be warned.

P

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 10:38AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lol...

We love it..

Go right ahead, we love to see!!

Take care,

Laura

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 4:59PM
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ginger9899(10 SW Florida)

Gorgeous flower! Yay! Such a pretty kitty, too :) Congrats!

-Heather

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 8:19PM
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kodom087 z9a

Woohoo! It's still the top favorite of all mine. Glad you didn't go insane waiting for this beauty to open up.

Kirk

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 9:44PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Thanks, you guys. And there's more!

Closer:

I managed to ignore the first 2 buds actually but now, I'm eager for the last one to open so all three are open. It's still nothing compared to my sister's plants--you can't even see the leaves when they're blooming, it's ridiculous.

Pagan

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 11:09AM
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ginger9899(10 SW Florida)

Wow so red! I can't get over how bright it is! I so want one now lol.

-Heather

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 8:51PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Heather,

I know! I was frankly surprised. I thought it would be very dark pink (but still pink) but there is no titanium white in this palette at all. Its Lego red. The first one has been open for 4 days now and has not changed at all. No clue how long it will last or whether it will darken before it shrivels.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 3:51PM
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Mykel02

"Ganda ng bulaklak" (beautiful flowers)
I love the red color :-)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 5:39PM
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rcharles_gw

Pagan,
You know the worst & best thing about posting these photo's of such beautiful flowers. Is that my "Want List " keeps getting longer when I see such spectacular colors on blooms.
That red is so pure and almost delicious. I will stop, get carried away sometimes.
Thanks for sharing,
Rick

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 9:53PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Look, you guys. They're finally all open, yay!

I'm sorry, Rick, resistance is futile You are going to have to get a Rik Ni Ran lol

I have one question though: two of these flowers have 2 layers of petals but the one in the middle has 3 layers. Does that make this a trouple plant or a douple?

Pagan

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:39AM
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rcharles_gw

Pagan, that is interesting. Looking back at the first photo taken and the subsequent ones to follow. There is definintely a change in petal numbers?
Have heard of them producing singles and doubles on same plant, but may only be at a certain age?
Where did you get your Rik Ni Ran?
Rick

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:08PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Four of my five adult plants came from Adenium Rose Co., Rick. The Rik Ni Ran was the first adenium I had ever seen and its flowers are the only blooms I have ever seen so far.

The flowers with two layers started out with two layers and that one in the middle (the second to open) started out with three layers.

P.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:53PM
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kodom087 z9a

Are you keeping it shaded? It's staying red a lot longer than mine did. Mine was getting about 4 hours of direct sunlight though and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it.

Also, I just looked through all the pics of mine when it bloomed in May. They were all doubles without an anomaly like your triple.

Kirk

P.S. Including the link to when I posted pics of mine for comparison so you can see what I'm talking about.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rik Ni Ran

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 12:24AM
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fakechuchi(7)

Yes, Kirk, the plant bloomed indoors. I had to move it out of the cold to save the flower buds and it still lost the smallest ones--about 8 in all. Only the three biggest ones survived. It is sitting on a south-facing window but the trees on that side of the house still have leaves so it gets very little dappled sun all day. The house is also not heated yet, the temperature is around 18C, with humidity at around 60%.

You know, come to think of it, even the purple outline on the petals are only barely visible.

p

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 7:19AM
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kodom087 z9a

Now I know where I'll be moving mine on it's next bloom cycle with buds about to open! :)

Thanks!

Kirk

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 9:23AM
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fakechuchi(7)

Thank yourself, Kirk! It never would have occurred to me to make the flowers last longer. But now we know how. Cool stuff!

Here ya go, the triple today.

Oh, hang on, someone posted in Tagalog....right, Myke! Sobrang ganda nga! (Too pretty indeed!)

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 5:18PM
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kodom087 z9a

That last pic is amazing! I recently restocked my drawing supplies with the intention of getting creative again and sketching some of the adenium flowers. If I get back into water color this one would be an excellent choice!

Kirk

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 11:22PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Hi all, just updating....I think these flowers have begun to darken a bit. I didn't want to exaggerate the colours so these pics were taken without flash, using only ambient lighting. When backlit, though, they look almost purple!


    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 4:17PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Beautiful!!! What else can I add?
Gill UK

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 3:31PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Final update. The Rik Ni Ran flowers lasted a month. Then, they just dropped off! lol That was a surprise.

It took another day for all three flowers to just drop. I suppose it would have been different if they were pollinated?

And so here we are, all bloomed out.

That's the end of it! Thanks, everyone.

Pagan

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 8:46PM
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camellia1_gw

Great pics and beautiful flowers!

I love that silhouette!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 11:07PM
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ginger9899(10 SW Florida)

Lol love the artistic cat shadow portrait at the end! Gorgeous blooms, gone but not forgotten ;) Now you have next summer to look forward to.

-Heather

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 8:40PM
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fakechuchi(7)

Thanks Heather and Camellia (hey those are both flowers). Now I don't know how to put this plant to sleep for the winter since it's been inside all this time.

Also, take note how that window sill never gets used for plants. That shadow is always bogarting that space.

Pagan

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 7:22PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Pagan,

Lovely adenium, the blooms are so bright red. Just gorgeous.

I have a cat too that like to sit on the window ledge. So I have to always make sure there is a spot for him to look out at the strays passing by, or the little rabbits making their way through my flower gardens.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 11:07PM
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