Colorful Flowers on Adenium "Arabicum"

Fancy Rosy Adenium grafting on Adenium Arabicum rootstock, 14 inches caudex diameter, aged 3 years, grows in Bonsai Pot.
Hello friends,

Today I would like to share the new trend of grafting Adenium Obesum on Adenium Arabicum. Most of colorful flowers originally came from Adenium Obesum, unlike Adenium Arabicum mostly give only soft or deep pink flower. Adenium Arabicum has unique style especially on big trunk caudex, chubby, and some species can perform nice spread root base unlike Adenium Obesum. Some Arabicum species have black or antique caudex skin like Adenium Thai Socotranum. This’s why we can grow and maintain Arabicum to become bonsai form popular in Adenium players and collectors. Most adenium lovers know adenium in terms of caudex and nice color flowers when full blooming. That means they care for attractive flower
for easier selling. Bonsai's trend on Adenium seedling came here 5 years ago but most players focused on growing Arabicum or Thai Socotranum. Most nursery here grow on Adenium Obesum or Adenium Arabicum seperately because nursery’ owners are afraid of they will mess up crossing together and the important thing is that Obesum (colorful flowers) is easier to sell to market. Arabicum and Thai Socotranum are mostly sell to a group of bonsai players or collectors. That’s why obesum growers or gardeners here use Obesum as rootstocks. They also believed that grafting on same scions from mother plant and rootstocks will give flower’s stability and productive flower like mother plant when grafting on obesum rootstock.
Can we graft Obesum on Arabicum even they are different species?
This is true! I have tried many times to graft by using obesum scions graft on Arabicum and Thai Socotranum as rootstocks and everything is the same as obesum mother plant in terms of productive flowers and stability. One different thing is the grafting area on Arabicum branches and scions from obesum takes a little bit more time to link but they will have perfectly smooth link better than Obesum grafting on obesum itself in longer time. That means from now on you can play adenium as Bonsai form comes up with nice colorful flowers. Luckily, Arabicum branches can link very well and faster with Rosy Adenium or Multi-overlapping petals from Obesum than other obesum single flowers. From my experiences, I have found that it takes about 10 days for grafting. You can notice or check scions and branches completely link together from seeing new small leaves coming out from top of scions or having new incoming buds. I always cut or remove leaves from scions because this will reduce dehydration on scion’ leaves and make scions can absorb more food from rootstock in order scions not to be wrinkle or die before grafting. Another new grafting style is called "Fancy Grafting". It means grafting many flower varieties or multi-colors on the same rootstock.

Grafting Rosy Adenium (obesum) on Arabicum as rootstock, you can see flowers are very productive like grafting on Obesum as rootstock.

Fancy or Multi-Colors Grafting on Arabicum Rootstock.
"Fancy Grafting" is also very popular with more colorful flowers in the same plant. Now colorful medium or large adenium sizes are very popular now especially for landscape business, resorts, gardens, parks. It's a little bit harder to make grafting on Arabicum rootstock because their branches are softer than obesum. You need to graft them very carefully and make sure your obesum scions are not too young. Normally you should use minimum 2-3 years Arabicum rootstock
because the branch will connect with scions faster and hard to rotten after grafting. After finish grafting you should put your grafted adenium in the shade or 60% slant for 7-10 days then you will see new baby leaves or bud coming out from scion as I mentioned before. You should not watering during that time because rootstock will feel that it has enough water or food and it won't send food full efficiency to scions. This would be make scions wrinkle or rotten. Before grafting, you should also stop watering on both of rootstock and scion for a week. This will make scions and rootstock branches feel very hungry and make them connect faster. We have 3 kinds of rootstock (Round shaped Obesum, Root show or Thai Rootstock, and Arabicum bonsai rootstocks for your selections. We also provide you with many adenium flowers to graft with them both of Rosy Adenium and single adenium flowers. You can select what adenium flowers you like and rootstock types then we will make grafting for you.

Rosy Adenium Scions grafting with Araicum rootstock.
You can see more information on our medium and large adenium caudex from this link. That's all for today and enjoy adenium growing. Take care and have a nice day.