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Markhamia lutea- Markhamia, Nile Tulip Tree Seedlings

Markhamia lutea- Markhamia, Nile Tulip Tree Seedlings (Markhamia lutea- Markhamia, Nile Tulip Tree)

These seedling were planted last summer...they're growing slowly because I haven't separated them. Photo taken Feb. 9, 2012.

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The leaves look like those of a Gardenia.

10 Feb, 2012


The leaves are actually very different from the Gardenia. They are much larger and compound and grow up to 20in/21cm long.

10 Feb, 2012


I have been corrected.......

10 Feb, 2012


lol! The leaves are also very thin.

10 Feb, 2012 NEED to get the last word

I made a boo boo. I didn't soak my seeds. Do you think they will take longer to germinate or not at all???

10 Feb, 2012


I've never soaked Markhamia seeds. They just need water and warm temps to germinate. I usually put many seeds in a pot and put them on my table in the back yard in full sun...they pop up within a weeks.

12 Feb, 2012


It's been way more than a week!!! They are in a warm (near the wood burner) sunny windowsill.

12 Feb, 2012


I don't what to say. I've always had really good luck germinating Markhamia lutea. Markhamia zanzibarica is another story...I've never been able to get any to germinate.

12 Feb, 2012


If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

13 Feb, 2012


Very true! :>)

13 Feb, 2012


I'm so first Desert rose seed germintated this morning!!!!! Hurray!! ;o)))))))

13 Feb, 2012


I'm so excited for you! They're great plants and bloom very young. They absolutely love heat, although, it's a very tender plant to cold and being over watered, though.

I had three. My white/pink variety died a month ago and my variety 'Ice Pink' is dying now...not sure why. (I've had them for a long time, too) This has been one our warmest winters on record and desert roses love's very disturbing that they're dying. :>(

These are the two that are dead or dying:

13 Feb, 2012


Hhhhmmm, maybe a bug? It can't be your watering, you have mastered that.

I have seen some pics on the internet of plants people are growing.....oh my my my. Gorgeous.

14 Feb, 2012


It's possible. I don't water my Adeniums in winter, they need to be kept bone-dry. My oldest and largest one looks very health...and it's been on the table in the back yard for a year or so. Luckily, this plant is very common here.

I would like to get another pink and white one again. Also, I'd love to buy the rarer purple one...which is only occasionally available for sale here.

Sometimes, The Home Depot stores have 3ft/1m tall ones for sale for $30.00, which is a very good price for such a large plant.

16 Feb, 2012


I ordered three different types last night.

16 Feb, 2012


Wow, that is a good price.

They are so much fun to grow from seed.

I have Ultra Viotlet (two seeds have germinated so far)

Yesterday's order:
Zaftig Moon
Superstar of Tomorrow

16 Feb, 2012


Good luck! I hope your hybrid seedlings come true-to-type...I'm always concerned about this with seeds.

Yes, $30.00 is a great price for a 3ft/1m tall Adenium. On the internet (if you can find one this big) it would cost hundreds of dollars (and some costs thousands). It can take decades to grow to 3ft/1m and even longer to 6ft/2m and maybe hundreds of years to grow to 12ft/4m or taller.

The largest ones I've ever seen were 6ft/2m tall.

This is one that I discovered when I went to Palm's too bad it wasn't flowering.

17 Feb, 2012


Thanks, I don't really mind if they are not the exact color....but I do hope the purple will be some shade of purple and the white with hot pink edging will be some type of hot pink edging with a white center.....

Yes, I've read that large plants range in the thousands. I like the slow growth rate of this plant....makes it ideal for hot summers outside and cold winters indoors on warm sunny windowsills.

Your mission this year.....find and take pictures of all Adenium plants. ;o)

That is a nice size and shape Adenium in pic.

17 Feb, 2012


I look forward to seeing your Adeniums blooming this summer, possibly? You'd be surprised how young Adeniums bloom. My large plant bloomed when it was very tiny, when I purchased it back in 2004 (it was a tiny .99 cent plant).

Adeniums are sold for the landscape. I purchased my white/pink Adenium on a special table at the Home Depot for xeriscaping during our big drought.
However, I don't notice too many in the landscape here, because they're mostly very small. I think my neighbor has one, though.

Yes, I wish the big Adenium in Indio was in bloom! I know it must be a very old plant. I did see a pretty large one at the botanical gardens in Palm Springs (I didn't get a photo, though (due to bad lighting).

17 Feb, 2012


I have read that they bloom in their first year....;o)))

It can't be used for a landscape plant here.....learned a nice lesson this winter. (heat loving plants only in pots)
Then could be used for xeriscaping during out summer months.

Don't forget your mission......;o)

18 Feb, 2012


That's the great thing about Adenium, they bloom very young. They're not like Plumeria (as far as taking 3 -5 years for seedling to bloom), which they related (same family).

Yes, Adenium is a very tropical plant, which does not like a lot of rain or water in winter.

19 Feb, 2012

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