Adenium Criteria
Hi Adenium Lovers;

Today I would like to share the idea of “how to select good Adenium form?” The criteria that I am going to talk about came from my contest experiences. I have been Adenium jury many times so I would like to share my knowledge what principle jury use for winning Adenium in contest. In here, , Thailand, we have many juries have good experience and decision. Some juries might be new on Adenium, this would make players big headache however the judgment from them is final. Here below is the table shown what criteria jury use for winning Adenium’s judgment.
Principle Structure Score Major Components
Minor Components  Score
Branches 20 Leaves and Flowers
Plant size & Pot Ratio
Body/Caudex 15 Healthiness and strength
Media Surfaces 5
Roots 20 Total
Readiness 5
Total 55     Total 15
Grand Total 100        


Symmetric for all branches, compact, not too lengthy, clear branch-internodes
Body/Caudex Caudex must be balance with branch and root. Caudex might be look orderly or free style such as Bonsai or Caudex show
Roots Root should be lifted up to see distinctively and should be spread around lower caudex.
Leaves &  Flowers Leaf must be look fresh and mostly green not look messy because this will conceal the branch. Flower should be fresh, not burnt from disease or insect.
Healthiness and strength This is like big picture of adenium plant considered by items above.
Plant size & Pot Ratio Plant should be matched with pot size and style. e.g. Adenium chubby or compact form should be grown in shallow pot or bonsai tray, tall style like Adenium somalense should be grown in tower pot.
Media Surfaces
Media should look clean, you can make it more beautiful by using bonsai stone scatter over media.
Readiness Clean pot, media surface and plant should look clean during preparation before contest begins.
Photo on the left side is shown nice root system, good braches in terms of compact, clear internodes. and healthiness. Leaf is fresh green and flower is also fresh blooming. Covering the media surface with browny bonsai stone. These are my principle items using for judgment in the contest here especially with Arabicum, Thai Socotranum and Adenium Bonsai Seedling. Actually this might not be correct all because each jury or expert players might have different point of views.
If you are seriious contest person, you should prepare plant since baby seedlings. Don't strict on one form you like. You should prepare plants in many styles. This would help adenium growers or players have better improvement, more funny, and broader sight. Here below are the photos with many style of seedlings being prepared for contest. They are about 2 years with 4-5 inches caudex diameter
Please remember, the most important thing to grow with nice form is :Hybrid" use.

Bushy branch, spread root

Bushy branch, centipede root

Tower Caudex


Crab Crawl root

Crab root with bushy branch

Super crab root

X'Mas tree

Pyramid Tree

Antique caudex skin

Bushy-Symmetric branch

Super shorten caudex