Born to be Bonsai

October 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Artikel | Leave a comment
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Born to be Bonsai

Hi Adenium Bonsai Lovers;

Glad to see you guys again. “Born to be Bonsai” for this article is my personal quote for “Artificial Adenium-Bonsai Seedlings”, not related with real organized Bonsai.  From my experiences, I have found that not only all Adenium seedlings can perform as Dwarf or Compact Seedling form but only 10% can do.  On that time, I focused on only TRUE hybrid from mother plants themselves mostly on Arabicums or Thai Socotranums. 

What happened if we can pull up each good point from both of them? This idea was popped up to me. One thing I had to do is to cross them. I was thinking what form I would get from this crossing?
The funniest part is which variety from each hybrid I’m gonna use to make perfect seedlings because we have 11 varieties from Arabicums and 5 varieties from Thai Socotranum, more information on their varieties please click the “hybrid” at menu header.  This is the same imagination with Obesum’s crossing to make nice and beautiful flowers.  For Obesum we use color, flower form, leaves, and etc. to make new nice varieties. 

What is the perfect form from this crossing? The result I’ve got from this are nice spread root, shorten caudex neck, symmetric branches come up with middle main stem. The hardest part is nice root growing. I prefer adeniums to grow their roots themselves not be organized by human because this will be more beautiful and classic. This is following up with Bonsai concept. I have never called this is for real Bonsai as you have seen. This is just Artificial Bonsai grown from seedlings.  Unfortunately, only 30% can come up with this Bonsai class. The rest will show with much more Arabicum and Thai Socotranum (Please see the photo below).

Can we make it more than 30% with Bonsai seedling form? The answer is “YES” because this was just for F1 generation. You can get more on F2 and F3 generations. You can get more fun if you do “Back Cross” from F4 with her own original mother plants. I will discuss this later.

Actually I like adeniums grown with perfect or Bonsai form by nature themselves, not use any boost growth chemical to dope or inhibit chemical to make them dwarf or compact, form will be lose when they grow up in the future or lack of these chemicals. For example, you know well that Thai Socotranum grow slowly but you can boost her growth up with using Arabicum hybrid, faster growth, to mix in her blood or crossing her.  Growth from using “Hybrid Crossing Technique” is slower than using chemical but form will be nice and more stable (hardly to get longer branch and caudex) or  I can say “Dwarf or Compact by Nature”.

If you still like to get faster growth rate with compact form.  Here it is…

1. After seed sowing, watering them with fungicide chemical until the media soak once then watering with “Chitosan” every 3 day.

2. Baby seeds must be in the shade or 60% slant for 2-3 weeks or you can see the fourth leaves grown then you can take them to outside with full sunlight.  Sunlight is another factor to help seedlings to be compact form.

3. Use 21-21-21 fertilizer for the 1st month to make them get fresh and ready better absorb with food, you can reduce to use this in rainy season.

4. Then change the fertilizer to 8-5-40 or 3-13-34 focused on Potassium (K) and keep spraying with nutrients e.g. Calcium, Boron, Magnesium or use “Organic Nutrient Granular” (release slowly nutrient).  You have to make sure your media not dry or lack of water.

Ok, this is it for today, I will share more idea on my development. More information, please visit my website:

Thanks a lot and have a nice day.


Best regards,

Choochart S






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